A game that changed my life

I got to know basketball unexpectedly at the age of 18 when a brother of mine invited to my see his team competing with one another near the park at our village. Soon after leaving the match, I knew that I was born to play this game and the passion of basketball immediately become more together than they could ever be apart. One the way home, I was asking my brother if I could teach me how to play, along with a condition I helped him do the homework in return!

It was not going easy at the first place, but twelve-month of hard work and practice was paid off as I was accepted to play at the University team. Moreover, being a member of the honour school team, I was wholeheartedly grateful. I decided on playing as a point guard because being a small guy made me quicker with reflexes and fleeter of foot and far better as a ball handler, dribbler and passer compared to other guys.

There are a few lessons learned while playing basketball. First, internal toughness is the key; you have to be determined to win no matter what, no matter how exhausted you are. Second, having the engagement principles, mutual understanding in a team would play significant factors that decide the success of the whole team. Besides, it was not the role itself you were playing in the team that I found meaningful, but the way you could use it to help other team members.

Although not having played basketball as much as I used to, I sometimes look at aspects of my life in a basketball game, it makes more sense and makes things that I love even better and more enjoyable. As I remembered to our success in the final match took place almost ten years ago between my University and Polytechnic team, my mind still fills with happiness and overwhelming. I am thankful for the lessons I learned from my coach at my university; the kind support from brothers and sisters, and especially the physical pain I went through while practicing was the unforgettable memories and was a stepping stone in the process of making the person I am today, the one who is resilient and always keeps moving forward no matter what happens.

 

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My university’s basketball team won the 3rd prize in the final match taken place in March 2009.

 

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