Basketball Testimonials

Growing up, sports were not things you just did for fun. Sports were a lifestyle in my family. Growing up with three older brothers I knew more about sports than I really wanted to but ended up falling in love with sports in general. Eventually, basketball stole my heart. Playing on Select Teams and having friends from other cities broadened my horizons. It helped me realize that the potential to continue to play at a... Read More

Growing up, sports were not things you just did for fun. Sports were a lifestyle in my family. Growing up with three older brothers I knew more about sports than I really wanted to but ended up falling in love with sports in general. Eventually, basketball stole my heart. Playing on Select Teams and having friends from other cities broadened my horizons. It helped me realize that the potential to continue to play at a high level was what I wanted for myself. But, if I wanted to get better I had to go to camps. The first camp that I went to was Bob Chipman Camp. Not only was it my favorite camp, but I got the most out of this camp. The really cool thing about these camps was that college basketball players helped run the camp. I got to meet people like Wayne Simien, Drew Gooden, Jeff Boschee, and Kendra Wrecker. Being from Kansas and being a basketball fan, these were the top players during their time at the University of Kansas. Kendra was a top player at Kansas State University. These were people I looked up to and watched their games. My favorite memory was when we were sitting there listening to the instructor talk about teamwork. Wayne Simien leaned over to me and tapped on my ankle brace. He said, 'Do those work?' I replied 'Yes they work great!' It was so small and minute and it wasn’t even about basketball, but he took the time to ask me a personal question. Overall, sports camps helped mold me into who I am today. That camp gave me the drive to want to do better and work harder. Being able to play college basketball is something that I am extremely proud of. I wouldn’t have known the work it takes if it weren’t for those camps. Now, being a high school basketball coach, I get to give back and be a part of youth basketball camps. Knowing I can help a young person get better at something they love to do gives me great joy!

Brianna Gonzalez
Assistant Athletic Director at Althoff Catholic High School

Sports have impacted my life in many positive ways. I’ve been harshly competitive in everything from basketball to board games since I was young. This competitiveness comes from my father who was (and still is) a great competitor while my two younger brothers served as a practice squad for me growing up. They did not have the good fortune of winning many football, basketball, or baseball games back then, but they both developed into excellent,... Read More

Sports have impacted my life in many positive ways. I’ve been harshly competitive in everything from basketball to board games since I was young. This competitiveness comes from my father who was (and still is) a great competitor while my two younger brothers served as a practice squad for me growing up. They did not have the good fortune of winning many football, basketball, or baseball games back then, but they both developed into excellent, successful athletes themselves (perhaps even better than me). Their development into young athletes and adults is a great source of pride for me as an older brother. My involvement in sports has facilitated a variety of other relationships in my life too. In middle school it helped me make friends “from the other school” in Frankenmuth, an opportunity that was not as available to kids who did not play sports. When I reached high school I developed relationships with coaches and upperclassmen who understood what it took to be successful in the arena of high school athletics. Being exposed to those positive attitudes helped me to improve my own personal work ethic—now useful for more than just watching film and going to the gym. After graduating high school I assumed that my athletic days were over, as I had eventually decided not to play competitive college sports. Fortunately for me, my athletic background has continued to open opportunities for personal development. In college it helped me make friends with other disciplined, like-minded individuals. I have established relationships with some of my closest friends while playing golf, volleyball, softball, tennis, and basketball AFTER graduating high school. My latest sports-related adventure has been in coaching. For two years I have helped coach varsity boys’ basketball, an opportunity that permits me to teach the game of basketball while also mentoring 16-18 year old kids—does it get any better? I am both grateful for my past athletic experiences and also equally excited for what new opportunities are in my future.

Nathan Krafft
Accountant at The Dow Chemical Company