Prior to Rising Stars Camp, our players put up a number of motivational quotes, including our famous "get better every day" and several other quotes from professional athletes and other successful people in history. As I read through the quotes during our morning workout in the weight room, I kept looking at the above quote. I have seen it a million times, but today it really stuck with me. We had 15 players, including some of our soon to be freshman in a hot weight room lifting weights and working out from 8-9 before camp. I thought to myself these players were doing what others won't so they could truly accomplish what those same people can't.
Then, I started thinking about all the campers this week that have showed up in our gym on a week full of sunny days to make themselves better players. They are also doing what others won't so they can accomplish what those same people can't. I looked at my brother and assistant coach Rich and told him, "That is what makes this program special." Naturally, I didn't preface my statement and he asked "What do you mean?" I told him, "We have established a program where players are willing to put in the extra work to become successful and that makes this a special program." Our players want to work hard to accomplish their goals. This is not just a basketball lesson, but also a life lesson. These same players are acting as instructors at our camp and sending this same message to our campers.
When the players came into the gym to sit down for our brief morning talk, I told them to look around the gym at all the quotes. I told them to pick out the one quote that stood out to me on this particular day. Not my favorite quote of all time (hard to pick just one), but the quote that really meant something today. The kids scattered to find the quotes and withing a minute or two a camper came back and said she knew the quote. She told me it was the Jerry Rice quote. I called the other campers in and talked to them about this quote. I told them how I was aware every day of high school basketball that someone could take my spot. As a college football player, I was aware that there was always a freshman class coming in with players that wanted my spot. That motivated me to work harder and harder every year. If they could get that mentality in life, then they would be successful. Keep working harder to separate yourself from the competition.
Who was that camper that quickly found the quote? Maggie Perrotta. Maggie is an incoming 9th grader that showed up at our 8 am workout today to lift before Rising Stars Camp. She showed up on Tuesday for our workout before camp earlier in the week too. She may have found the quote first, but many of the other 8th graders have shown up to both workouts and basketball camp as well. Not to mention our summer league games at night. Not only them, our current players that are helping at camp have set a positive example for the campers by doing the same. To me, this is what separates Hamilton-Wenham Girls Basketball from the rest of the teams in the entire state. We refuse to be outworked and that is what makes this program special.
Below you will get to see some of the cool stuff we did at camp today. Enjoy!
Advanced 2-Ball Dribbling
Advanced 1-ball Dribbling
Daily Demonstration:Beat the Pro
Players who beat the pro:
Katie Hankin (1st try)
Each of these players then had an opportunity to play against our own "pro's". Charlotte Goodwin and Alexis Donovan shot against former Generals all-league player Sue Rose. Sue had to take 3-pointers, while Charlotte and Alexis took shots from just outside the paint. Alexis was able to beat our pro, but unfortunatley Charlotte came up a few points short.
Katie Hankin and Jacqueline Fibbe also played against former generals with Jacqueline winning a contest from the elbow and Katie losing a 3-point contest.
As an incoming freshman Jacqueline had the opportunity to play the mystery pro after her victory....Me. Like a true champion she stepped up to the challenge. We had to up the ante a bit so we shot NBA 3-pointers. I have to say that Jacqueline shot impressively, but she came up a few points short. In the end, we had a lot of fun. The videos below show different stages of our beat the pro competition.
Sophie has continued to impress us with her hard work and ability to improve each day.
Hot Shot Shooting Competition
Senior Division and Overall Winner: Maggie Perrotta
Middle Division: Kate Rubel
Junior Division: Alexis Donovan
Tomorrow we will award our 3 on 3 champions, queen of the court, free throw champions, and have alot of other fun activities.
I look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow! Don't forget your fall ball flyers and checks!
Hard work beats talent, if talent fails to work hard
Hamilton-Wenham Girls Basketball Coach