Basketball has been more than just a game in my life, it has always been a big part of my life, but it has been a part differently than what it is to others. I love everything about basketball. I have done everything from keeping the official book for a men's and women's collegiate team to washing a high school team's practice clothes and even making sure everyone has their uniforms and shoes before leaving for an away game. You don't have to be on the court, you don't have to be the one taking the winning shot or calling the play to be part of the team. I want you to think about this instead of feeling sorry for yourself because you didn't make the cut. I hope by the time you finish reading this you will realize being part of a team can come in many different positions, and anyone can be involved, if you have the desire and are responsible.
I first got involved in organized basketball when I was in the fourth grade. But I got involved in a different manner than most ball players; because of a physical disability, I could not actually participate in games and practices. 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. Each coach had to tell their sponsor how many shirts they needed, and our coach included...
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...has this organization is Notre Dame, and I'm sure you have heard of them because they are one of the most respected college's anywhere. The members say being in this club is a tremendous responsibility.
I hope by now you will realize that just because you don't have the athletic ability you need to make the college team of your preference, that you can still be a very important member of that team. If you, as in my case, have a physical disability that keeps you from physically participating in the sport of choice, that doesn't mean that the only thing you can be is a fan. I have managed for twelve years, and at the present time, I am not actually a manager, but I am considered part of the stats team for the Arkansas Lady Razorback basketball team. I have loved every minute of my involvement, and I know that I am part of any team that I help in this manner.
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