|Primary Position||Point Guard|
EZ Buckets AAU Team
Ethnicity: Pacific Islander (Filipino)
Basketball is a sport I am extremely passionate about and it's something I have loved to do since I was 6. Doing a sport keeps me mentally and physically healthy and sound. I always want to be active, and playing the sport I love is my dream, especially at the highest division. The sport of basketball has shaped who I am, increasing my mental and physical toughness. It incorporates quick decision making, confidence on all spots of the court, and hard work. There should never be an easy day of practice, if you were working as hard as you could. Discovering my limits and working to overcome them has made me stronger and made me realize just how important this sport is to me. I love the adrenaline rush of competing, striving for greatness. I want to stand out between the other girls in my class, and show coaches and teammates the victory we could bring working together and giving me the opportunity to be on their team. I want to be of use on a college basketball team, where I can make new friends, create new relationships, and continue my academic and athletic career. As heavily emphasized before, basketball is a sport that I love and I would do anything to play college basketball. I am always working hard, working hard to meet my end goal.
The girls basketball program in East Brunswick is year round. In the fall we have our speed, agility and strength conditioning, in the winter comes basketball season, in the spring is more weight lifting and agility conditioning, and in the summer we work 4-5 days a week on expanding and developing our basketball skills for about 2 hours, and another 30 mins of weight lifting after. Basketball season is never over, and what players will find is that you can't not work in the off season. It is just as important as the actual season, where we learn to develop and sharpen our skills, strength, and speed that define us on the court. I have found what works best for me in terms of balancing school and basketball. School work and sports work in correlation with each other. Is is imperative that your grades are exceeding expectations, and that you are also excelling in your sport but, you can't do one without the other. For example, taking managing a good sleep schedule. Speaking from personal experience there were some times when us JV/Varsity girls got back from an away game at around 9:30-10:00 at night. Keep in mind that there was still school work to be finished, so knowing a good time to do that would help your sleep schedule. A good sleep schedule equals waking up for school without hesitation, and which brings your focus in school work, which later carries over to focus in sports. If a sleep schedule isn't there, grades could fall, and that could result in not performing as well as expected, and possibly being detained from performing in your sport. Hence, that is just an overview of how I tackle the challenge of achieving a "healthy athletic performance". I find that excellence in academics and excellence in sports correlate with each other, and the benefits that a "healthy athletic performance" offers is numerous.
I have joined EB Youth Council, which is a community service and volunteering program that allows you to help around the the town. From organizing events, to helping little kids, or even the elderly it's a great feeling knowing you have helped someone and the community as a whole. Along with this, I am joining Social Studies Honors Society, Spanish Honors Society, English Honors Society, and National Honors Society. This allows me to build relationships with all different kinds of people and it's a true eye opener that just a little help goes a long way, and you change every person you meet somehow with any positive action.