Since before I was even 1 year old, because before I was even one years old, I had a basketball in my hands. Im surprised it wasn 't my first word. it was my dads pray to be able to have a son who would have the opportunity to play college basketball and I am his answered prayer. since i was born basketball was the only sport I wanted to play. from elementary to middle school to high school thats all I played.
It wasn’t until I sat down to write this essay that I realized I am a direct reflection of her, my grandmother that is. She was a woman dedicated to her family, work, and community. Anyone who knew her would describe her as compassionate, hard working and goal-oriented. My most recent academic and community accomplishments serve as indicators that I, like my grandmother, possess these same qualities. During my senior year of high school I received the Bill Gates Millennium Scholarship and was accepted into my soon to be alma mater, Howard University.
However, I was never left out and I have always been part of the team; I am a basketball manager. I have loved every moment of being involved with basketball programs. I love every aspect of the game of basketball and that is why I chose to join a team by becoming a manager. The first year of my basketball career, as a fourth grader, we were only allowed to play intramurals. All of my friends were divided into their teams, and as luck would have it, my two best friends ended up on the same team so I knew I wanted to be on that team also.
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.
Which leaves me thinking, why don’t they have the right to jump straight into the pros? The NBA committee argues that players who attend college for at least a year become more responsible. Texas Tech coach Bob Knight disagrees, “[This is] the worst thing to happen to college basketball since I’ve been coaching.” He thinks players who are forced to attend college for one year will not take it serious. Meaning, now you have a college athlete playing basketball for a year without having to go to class. They become the big men o... ... middle of paper ... ...letes drafted out of high school.
However, the basketball coach at his high school noticed Robinson and added him to the team without ever testing him. Robinson soon earned all-area and all-district honors, but not the attention of any college basketball coaches. But this did not matter to him, as basketball was not his first priority. Getting an education and becoming a student in the United States Naval Academy were his main concerns. After scoring a 1320 on the SAT, his goal of joining the Naval Academy was soon accomplished (Lewis, 16).
The student chosen for this award is rewarded generously and celebrated by Wheelock community. The scholarship program is part of Lucy Wheelock’s original mission and philosophy to improve the lives of children and families.
Being that she is a great role model, my mother’s support and presence in my life has allowed me to grow as a person, keep my spirits high through hell and high water, prosper in all that I have done, as well as mold me to be a great person in the future. One of the many jobs a mother has is to help ensure that a child grows throughout the various stages of their
This organization combined with my degree course work has instilled in me a growing sense of professionalism and a desire to actively engage in public and community services. Family and Consumer Sciences is recognized as a powerful tool in unifying individuals to improve the lives of people, families, and communities. Our basic creed and ideology is to assist members of society in making informed decisions so they can achieve an optimal quality of life. As a member of Family and Consumer Science Major, I cannot envision a better way of completing that task than through participating in productive acts of community services. Our degree coursework and professional organization places a high value on voluntary service to the community and public and incorporates regular community outreach assignments, instilling in us the importance of community service.
Basketball has been around for 118 years. It has evolved so much. I bet Naismith never thought that something so simple would change the world. Basketball has even changed lives, by reaching out to other countries, and all kinds of charities. For some people basketball is life, and it has even saved lives.