Class of 2025
I, along with Kelsey Reagan and Jade Simpson from the women's basketball team, participated in an invitational tour hosted by a company called Beyond Sports. The concept is to pair with high school and college students to provide an experience in which you can play your sport and also experience a foreign country. I was presented with the opportunity to go to Spain with my teammates, where two teams of people traveled to visit five cities while playing pro teams in three cities. With an opportunity to go to another country and tour while also playing against women in that play in professional euro-leagues, I couldn't miss the opportunity.
I learned a lot on and off the court. On the court, I learned that teams tend to always look for the extra pass and not many women play 1-on-1. They utilize their teammates very well and play like they drill, always looking for the best shot no matter who it comes from. Also, they can all shoot. Off the court, I learned a lot about Spanish history and cultural norms. We went to five cities, including Madrid, Toledo (my personal favorite), Valencia, Tarragona, and Barcelona, which all have similar customs and also differ. For example, overall Spaniards love ham!!! Man, did I have great ham there. There are different kinds of ham, too, that can differ in price range based on how they were fed (which, believe it or not, is taken very seriously). The streets are narrower and the average person is bilingual in these cities which made it easy to get around. I mainly picked up on small cultural differences and really enjoyed my trip.
This experience was something to refer to over the year on and off the court. When in Spain, I played with girls that I had never met before and had to figure out a way to communicate and work together. I was put in the position of point guard, which is not my first position and I was forced to think of ways to make my team successful, and at Witt, I plan to do the same thing. With 13 newcomers, I plan to continue the tradition of healthy competition within the team while also thinking of ways to contribute to a team I may not have played with before. Off the court, Spain taught me to be open-minded. I learned there are all kinds of people in the world and that every single person has a story like I do. The beauty is sharing and learning from each other.