Athlete’s Voices: Jeremiah Gill – King’s College, Episode 2. Why Solidarity is More Important Than Winning.
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.
I want to take our basketball team to the next level. People might look at our 3-18 record from last year and wonder if it is a winning season that I am talking about. No. Well, are you trying to exceed your total wins? Again, no. If we only win a single game next year, yet succeed in THIS, then I will be content.
The THIS I am talking about is…Solidarity.
They say adversity brings people together, and we experienced a lot of that last year – both the hardships and the closeness that resulted from them. At the end of the season, because of numerous injuries and the academic disability rule, we lost half of our team and finished the latter half of the season out with seven, sometimes six, players. It forced us together. That increased community showed when we’d pass each other in the hallways, have team lunch, and the absurd amount of snapchats we exchanged.
It was a paradox: the more games we lost, the more fun we had.
Next year, I hope to have both the wins and the camaraderie. If forced choose one over the other, though, 100 out of 100 times I would pick the community. At the end of the day, when the stats lines are buried deep on our website, and the great moments forgotten, the friendships will remain.
My greatest moments from this past season do not come from the court (an argument could be made that the reason for that is partially related to our 3-18 record, but that is not the connection I am trying to make). They come from the road trips when we crammed seven lanky basketball players into a seven-passenger van and stuffed our faces at Cracker Barrel after every game.
These guys are my bros. I love them and look forward to an even better year next year!
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