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!