CU Basketball Team
By MotokoKusanagi Kutanaga
BACKGROUND: Success is more about just wins and loses. It’s about developing successful individuals who grow to achieve greatness as both an individual and a teammate. Athletes are role models, especially to young people, and because of this we have tremendous impact on the lives of others. As role models, there are certain values and character traits that will be developed within each of us, players and coaches included. Among those traits are a positive attitude, a strong work ethic, commitment, self-confidence and a concept of team. These values and traits will help build success in athletics and in life itself. Positive Attitude: The attitude we as coaches and players have is a choice we make every day. A positive attitude can help us overcome seemingly impossible obstacles. The best aspect about being positive is that it’s contagious. One positive player creates a team of positive players who are difficult to defend! Work Ethic: Having a positive attitude and a strong work ethic are two qualities we as coaches and players can control and are not limited by skill level. Similar to having a positive attitude, the amount of effort each player exerts is also a choice that is made every day. Little in athletics comes easy, if it did, everyone would compete. Intensity and hard work will be asked of all players each time they step foot on the court. Our effort will never be questioned. Self-Confidence: We live in a competitive society. The game of basketball is a great laboratory to practice how we handle such competition. However, we need to be aware that often our toughest competition comes from ourselves. There is a voice in all of us that tells us to take a break or to ease up a little. Successful individuals recognize this voice and are able to ignore it and overcome the inside pressure to fold. Team: A team has a common goal and works together to achieve it. Everyone on our team must care for the well-being and success of the each other. We all must think team first, me second as the accomplishments of an individual will always be secondary to the success of the group. A group of players acting as a team will always beat groups of talented individuals. Each player will have a role to fill and your duty to the team is to fill that role to the best of your ability. We will first be good teammates and develop into a good team. Perseverance: Merriam-Webster defines perseverance as continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition. Being committed to a cause and having the strength to persevere in the end is a key to our ultimate success. Being an athlete is not easy, nor is it a right. But that’s what makes it so rewarding. It takes a special person to succeed in athletics and in life. It is through athletics that we hope to instill these values and create special people who will become successful adults. Don’t settle for average, aspire to be exceptional!
UNIQUE: Basketball is one of the world's most popular and widely viewed sports and CU is no exception. The difference between CU and the rest of the world being that at CU, 'limited contact' is more a suggestion and just like in the rest of Hathian things can get a little dirty on and off the court. The CU Basketball team follows one simple rule. When it comes to winning, you do whatever it takes. Ranging from simply sabotaging the other team to all out beating them to a pulp before a game. After all, a team does reflect the city and school and Hathian/CU is not a nice place by any definition of the word. However, The CU Basketball team fosters one of the strongest senses of team around. Be it on the court or off, when you mess with one player you mess with them all. This tied with the Cheerleaders who cheer them on makes the sports side of CU a force to be reckoned with.
EXP: Helping to organize and run regular Campus events and one off parties and promoting them via notices and group chat as well as always promoting classes.
WORK WITH OTHERS: CU Cheerleaders, CU Track & Field Team
IDEAS: Parties, Fund Raisers