Watch this girl! Her balance is crazy!!
So very excited to have accepted the invitation to be on the Board of Directors for the FLORIDA LIGHTNING AAU Girls Basketball Organization!! It’s such an amazing organization, and even greater people….Thank you for allowing me to be a part! The Lightning Organization has 8 teams ranging from 5th to 11th grade. They are all very hard working young ladies and I want to help them in their future endeavors in any way that I can!
More Information on the Florida Lightning:
Organization Website: http://www.floridalightningbasketball.com
WNBA training camps are exciting, but also very stressful and daunting times.
Trust me; I’ve been there.
They are exciting because for many individuals, it is a wonderful opportunity to showcase their skills around some of the best players in the world and compete for a spot on a very prestigious WNBA roster.
Yet, the high level of competitiveness and demands for excellence can be formidable and strenuous – after all, each individual in the locker room is competing for one of 11 spots. The limited number of spots makes it an exceedingly difficult, but also very capable task.
It’s hard to believe, but the collegiate season is over halfway done and WNBA training camps will begin to open in less than three months. Needless to say, it’s never too early to start preparing.
From a personal standpoint, having been in multiple training camps and defied odds to make teams, here are the five most important things I think a player needs to have if she wants to make a WNBA roster.
This is a phrase stolen from Corey Gaines himself, but players need to have a “motor” when it comes to training camp. The days are long and the practices are even longer; you have to be able to keep up the pace and have the endurance to withstand the long hours.
So much of what makes a team great is how each teammate gets along with the others. Good chemistry, often times, leads to even better teams.
Coaches and General Managers are looking for players who mesh well together on and off the court.
The WNBA is a fast and complex league, and coaches throw a lot at the players in a short amount of time.
You have to be able to pick it up, and translate it back onto the court. This doesn’t come naturally to everyone, so those who are quick learners have a leg up on others.
Every single player that comes to training camp is the best of the best.
So at this level, overall talent somewhat becomes a wash. Coaches and General Managers are looking for the pieces to put together the best team for the WNBA season.
Find something that you do well, and do it to the absolute best of your ability. This will allow you to stand out to those who make the decisions.
This may seem obvious, but every player that comes into training camp has to have heart. Talent will only take you so far. In my opinion, having a deep love and passion for the game itself is a must.
Or, better said, you need to have an unwavering desire to stop at nothing to accomplish your goal(s)
Was sent this message this morning and had to share it:
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.” Romans 1:16
Jesus wasn’t ashaned to hang on the cross for US, so why should we be ashamed of HIM in ANY situation?
The Great Wall of China….So Breathtaking!!
This is an excerpt from the the Biography of Dr. Eleanor Chestnut. Simply put, this woman devoted her life to serving, in honor of her Lord and Savior.
“Chestnut, a medical missionary, sailed to China in 1894 and took over a new women’s hospital that was still under construction. She traveled to small villages on horseback to hold clinics.
After Chestnut’s 11 years of faithful service, another missionary, Dr. E.C. Machle, had an argument with Buddhist priests over a religious structure placed on hospital property. Although Machle resolved his conflict with the Buddhist priests, some locals burned the hospital to the ground.
The missionaries barely escaped but the mob found them and five Americans, including Chestnut, Machle’s wife and 10-year-old daughter, were murdered.
Before she died, Chestnut, performing surgery in her bathroom, had to amputate the leg of a local Chinese manual laborer. A few days later, someone noticed that Dr. Chestnut was limping.
A nurse present at the surgery revealed what had happened: There were complications in the surgery and the patient needed a skin graft. Chestnut gave herself a local anesthetic and removed skin from her own leg.
Read the following verse and then go back and reread this story.
“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.
“If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?” (I John 3:15-17)
How can you and I be more like Eleanor Chestnut? Of course, Chestnut was just imitating her master, as should we.”
“Therefore, I do not run aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize” 1 Corinthians 9:26-27”
I can’t believe how quickly time is flying by.
We’re in the middle of the holiday season, Christmas is days away, and the New Year is right around the corner.
Christmas is my absolute favorite holiday. From giving and opening gifts, spending time with family, and making family traditions it is just a special time of year.
My favorite family tradition was when we got together to drive around and look at Christmas lights in various neighborhoods throughout Orlando. We would all pile into our family van, grab Slurpee’s from 7-11 (since it’s hot enough to drink them in Florida any time of year) and drive around looking at the lights. It was a great time for my family to spend time together and share memories.
This will be my first Christmas that I will be spending away from home. While I admit I’m a bit saddened that I won’t get to spend this special time with my family, it gives me the opportunity to reflect on why I enjoy this holiday so much.
It is such a refreshing holiday, and there are two reasons why it is my favorite. The first, as I mentioned before, is spending time with my loved ones.
The second (and probably the most important) reason why I love Christmas is because it provides an enhanced opportunity to give back to others. For many, the holiday season is a great time of year because they are able to spend the holidays under a warm roof with the people they love, and exchange gifts with one another.
For others, the holidays aren’t as simple.
There are many individuals who do not have the means to open gifts or spend the holidays under comfortable conditions. That is why it is so important to take the time to actively give back during this time of year. Whether it is a small donation or a big gift, any form of giving back can change the life of someone else. I know from first hand experience during the holidays how impactful it can be to have someone lend a hand to help make this holiday special.
So, while you are spending time with your families and enjoying the comfort of one another, remember to give back to others who don’t quite have as much. Especially considering the recent violence in the U.S., it becomes even more important to spread love, hope and happiness.
Whether it is large or small, any little bit of giving can make a big difference. And it always feels good to put a smile on someone else’s face.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
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