“Bleep, Bleep, Bleep,” sound of my alarm going off. Its 6am. It’s the fourth week of preseason conditioning. Our task is to complete the sprints and miles in a certain amount of time. We are on the last couple of sprints and one of my teammates was extremely fatigued. I can see in her eyes that she needs that extra push to complete the run. After we finish the sprints, we have to complete the mile. As we all cross the finish line, we soon realize we were missing one of our teammates. We, as a unit, all turn around and find her down the road. As we approach her, she is in pain and complaining that her ankle hurts badly. She expresses that she is unable to walk on it. As a whole, we come up with the idea that we were going to make sure everybody finishes the run no matter what. Two of my teammates pick her up and work together to carry her to the end. At that moment, I realize we are more than just a team, we are like a family. Our motto is “one team, one family”. No one gets left behind and when someone is down, we lift them up.
We are a community. Community can be described as a group who has similar values or interests in a central location. I see community as a population full of diverse individuals brought together in a neutral setting/place. This core value is a perfect representation for my team. The team is full of diverse individuals who were brought together by the game of basketball. We all have at least one thing in common, but it’s the differences that make it unique. Meeting others who fill the needs that you lack is can help you build yourself up and vice versa. I am a point guard so I have learned how to associate with each member on my team. My teammates and I are all in for the cause of building one another. I am all in for creating a good social environment for Guilford. It has been expressed that athletes tend to not bond with non-athletes and that isn’t necessarily true. I am a part of some clubs (BUS and National Honor Society) around campus and I make it my duty to bring as many teammates as I can to different events. Being diverse and open to new things will allow the judgmental points of view to fade away. My teammates and I always support all types of athletics even intramural sports to show our appreciation and school spirit. We want people to attend our games and support us so we have to back others in their specific sports.
Guilford is a small knit community that needs a strong support system. My team is such a small piece to the large puzzle throughout campus. Each day my team strives to not only excel on the court but in the class. We don’t want to be seen as only good athletes, we want to be good academically as well. We understand that we are a representation of the Women’s basketball program so we have to make sure we are presentable at all times. I am one of fourteen on the basketball team, but I speak to you all in hope that you understand that we athletes are unique individuals who are always wanting to learn new things. We love being a part of this tight knit community. Go Quakers!