My future would be very different if my dad never bought me my first basketball when I was very young. I wouldn’t have been able to start most of my friendships and I wouldn’t be going to Walnut Hills. I still have my first basketball but it has had a great deal of damage done to it now. Everytime I see a basketball I reminisce of the memories of my friends, my dad, my school, and most of all my childhood. Basketball taught me a life lesson and that lesson is the best friends you can have are the ones you share interests with.
I had a very strong compassion for basketball ever since I watched my first basketball game when I was eight years old. It was the NBA finals and I became in love with Kobe Bryant's mentality. Even though they lost the finals, he became my idol. That day I had decided to become a professional basketball player and become the greatest to ever play the game. I started playing basketball in school from fourth grade, and I had made the team every single time.
However, the experience that I went through between the period of my high school and community college has totally changed my life. I used to living in Oakland and went school there. When I was a freshman in high school, I did not realize how important education is, plus the pressure that added on me from my parents and the environment that surrounds me, I did not wanted to be serious about school at all. My parents always wanted me to take my time to study and telling me the importance of education, but I believed that people can become successful without education. Therefore, under the ordering of my rebellious heart, I started skipping classes and became lazy about school.
I have been playing basketball since fourth grade. It has become a major part of my life and has made me the person I am today. I have learned many life lessons from this sport and about being a team player. There have been many moments over the past years, but when I started high school the enjoyable moments increased. Senior year has been my first year on the Varsity team in basketball.
God used each event to shape me into the young man i am today. My 8th grade year in middle school I attended FairPlay middle. I was the starting point guard, co captain averaged 10 points a game 3 assist and 2 steals. I was very confident about playing high school basketball for Alexander High school. that summer, summer of 2010 my dad lost his job and I was cut from a team I didn 't even try out for.
So Drake it was. 358 miles, a couple of states away, and five hours from home, was where Rice was heading. The former Drake basketball manager, Trygve Jensen, was excited to see what Rice could bring to Drake. “I’d seen Tre (that was the name he went by) play in high school and he was a very strong guy,” Jensen said. “He could body up and get himself places, he also wasn’t afraid to chuck up a shot.” But initially, something did not seem right about Rice and Drake.
Once his team had beat all of the school's in the area they moved on to WOFSA and got 6th place, not bad for a team from the small town of West Lorne. "I love to play, once you start playing you just don't want to stop." He kept playing all the way until he was in grade 10, the first year that there was no basketball team. Although he was disappointed, he still keeps playing every now and then, in our backyard. He will hone his skills more and more and hopes to be on next years basketball team, at W.E.S.S.
In sixth grade, I was dropped from the honors course to the regular pre-algebra mid semester and that took a drastic toll on my confidence. I knew I was struggling but I didn’t think I was that horrible. The whole situation was out of the blue. I got called out of class one day and was told I was no longer in Honors math. Upon joining the regular class, I was getting A’s and felt under challenged which confused me even more.
Along with the rest of the team, I was excited to play some basketball for the first time since the middle school basketball season was over. Our team, Carlon Oil, had been together and played every summer for the last four years. We were a really good team, with an overall record of 65-4 over those four years and were hoping to continue our legacy. Lonnie Lollar, our coach for the summer, was also the coach of our high school basketball team. I had a history of groin injuries, and every summer it seemed that I would have to sit out at least a game on the bench icing my groin.
The record was broken under my name, however it is a statistic that my teammates helping me earn. Being a starter since Freshman year and the floor captain since sophomore year, allowed me to improve my leadership abilities.... ... middle of paper ... ...p to the success of a strong education program and volleyball program from the beginning. My leadership, volleyball performance, and community service have contributed to the school and I believe that I should receive the honor of becoming a student marshal. In my years at Fredonia, it has not been about recognition, but more about working hard and never settling for less than my best. I have shared excitement with others for their accomplishments and would like to congratulate all of the students who have received an opportunity to become a student marshal too.