Athlete’s Voices: Jeremiah Gill, Episode 3. Capturing a Dream
DoubleGSports.com has partnered with some local athlete’s to develop this great column titled, Athlete’s Voices. In this column, some of your favorite local athletes will share their lives with you, both on and off the playing surface. Each athlete will post a blog, once a month, updating you on their latest happenings. Today’s post is by two-sport athlete from The King’s College in New York City, Jeremiah Gill. Follow Jeremiah as he will post a blog on the first of every month.
(Update: Today’s post is from Jeremiah’s teammate on the King’s College basketball team, Josiah Chapman)
For as long as I can remember, basketball has captivated me. When I was merely three years old, I would spend hours attempting to hurl a seemingly gigantic ball into an absurdly tall regulation goal that stood in our driveway. My parents promptly gifted me with a toddler-friendly four foot plastic hoop for my fourth birthday, equipped with a miniature ball that was just my size. From this moment forward, I was sold. I fell in love with basketball.
By the time I was ten I was certain that I would soon be a star in the NBA. However, apart from a small church league in middle school, I never got the chance to play competitively. My dream never materialized. I refocused my attention on more seemingly tangible goals. By the time I was seventeen I dreamed of becoming the President of the United States. Curiously enough, beneath these lofty ambitions, my basketball dreams laid dormant – suppressed, but never completely forgotten.
Today, I’m a college senior, entering into my third season as a small forward for the King’s College Lions in New York City. How did I end up here? One might say it’s all a matter of mere coincidence. After all, I came to King’s to study the liberal arts, not to play sports. But I’ve been blessed to do both. However, I never imagined how difficult competitive basketball would be. From the long days that entail rigorous class schedules, a part-time job, and late night practices, college ball continually tests my endurance and my dedication.
But when the going gets tough, and when we fight just to win a fourth of our games in a tough division, I remind myself why I love this sport. Before I ever picked up a textbook, or told a girl “I love you,” or struck out to NYC to pursue my dreams, I was enraptured by this beautiful game. Basketball was my first love. And now, I get the opportunity to play competitively for one more season. And I can’t wait to get back out on the court. Let’s go Lions!
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