The word I chose to describe Lynchburg basketball is love. In order to survive and succeed in college basketball, you have to love the game. You have to love competing during practice every day, putting in extra hours on the court, and busting your tail during the offseason. Lynchburg basketball has always felt like a family because we all love one another. We have hard conversations and may fight like siblings, but at the end of the day, we do it out of love and because we want each person to get better and reach their fullest potential. Love is making sacrifices for your teammates without expecting anything in return; it is the foundation of our team and the reason our program is so special.
The feeling or belief that one can rely on someone or something; firm trust.
- A feeling of self assurance arising from one’s appreciation of one’s own abilities or qualities.
I chose this word because confidence is vital to success. Without it, you will never be sure or your abilities and will never reach your full potential. Confidence is key.
I chose purpose because it is a crucial element in everything we do. We never do things without a purpose. Whether it is in preseason, postseason, or in practice, understanding why we do something makes it that much easier to do. Most importantly, every single person on our team has a purpose. No matter if it is big or small, each individual brings something different to the table. When everyone contributes and fulfills their purpose all at once, we, as a team, become unstoppable.
“Purpose is the reason you journey. Passion is the fire that lights your way.”
Brittany Afolabi-Brown’s Word: Resilience
The word that I chose to keep with me throughout the season is RESILIENCE. The meaning of this word is the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness. The word resilient sums up how my character and work ethic has been since I have entered the Lynchburg College Women’s Basketball Program. In high school everything was easy and I never had to work very hard for something that I really truly loved which was basketball. I could rely on skill and I had no one pushing me to be better. So entering such a structured, disciplined and successful program gave me a reality check. I no longer could rely on skill and I found myself being pushed to a level that I had never been pushed to before. Being in this program makes me work extremely hard and it encouraged me to reach for goals that I once thought were beyond my grasp. Naturally, with these goals that I set, I found myself hitting setbacks and failures at times. And with these, I wanted to quit and just give up. It seemed much easier and I knew it would save me a lot of pain. I quickly realized that I was working and fighting for a goal that was bigger than just me. I had to be tough and resilient and not let my tribulations make me give up. I used those failures to push me to work harder and get better every day. My resilience in these times has taught me so many life lessons outside of basketball but it has also kept me going within this program to this day. Resilience is not just something that I see in myself but my team as well. We are the toughest team I have ever played with and throughout our season whether we win or lose we fight to get stronger and be better every day.
Caroline Naumann’s Word: Meraki
“Meraki” is a greek word that means to put all of your being into your work. It’s putting your soul, creativity, and the essence of yourself into whatever you do. I chose this word because I believe that every person is capable of being great. However, the only way to be great is to give it all you got. It is not enough now a days to be timid and afraid and only put forth mediocre effort. I find it important to find something that you are so passionate about that you can invest so much of yourself into that thing. I think life’s better when you’re passionate and having fun.