By Oguljennet Kurbandurdyyeva
I sat down with co-captain of the girls varsity basketball team, Chynna Wilson, to ask her how she manages to be a successful student-athlete, as well as about her encounters on the basketball court. It is not easy balancing school and sports, especially being co-captain and having to maintain your role as a leader. Chynna spoke to me about her day-to-day tasks being a student-athlete and her love for the game of basketball, despite the obstacles that sometimes get in the way.
Q: You look very athletic. Is it hard for you to stay in shape?
Q: How many times in a week do you work out?
A: Six days a week.
Q: I can tell that you love basketball. Since when have you been playing basketball?
A: I started to play when I was in the 7th grade.
Q: What is your position in the game?
A: I play shooting guard.
Q: Can you play any position?
A: Yes, I can but it depends on who’s in the game (on both teams)
Q: Who is the captain of the team? Do you feel like you should be the captain?
A: I and Amber Jones are the captains of the team, predominantly Amber.
Q: What is very hard about being a basketball player?
A: Balancing your academics and your social life.
Q: Who is your coach?
A: Jaywana Bradley
Q: Have you ever had an argument with an opponent or with your teammate during game? What did it feel like?
A: Yes, it happens all the time. Games are very competitive. We shake it off after the game.
Q: Do you play basketball just for fun or you take it very seriously?
A: I play to have fun but I take the game seriously.
Q: When are you playing basketball, is it very hard to keep up with your school studies?
A: Yes, because most of the time, sports tire you out and practice ends late and all you want to do is sleep. But you can’t because you are a student-athlete.
Q: If you coach tells you to do something you don’t want to do, do you still do it or do you just ignore her?
A: I do whatever she tells me. My coach is like my boss, and I love my job!
Q: If you know that you are going to play against a powerful team, do you already give up, or do you do your best to win?
A: I always do my best to win.
Q: Can you play sports other than basketball?
A: I tried to play football (soccer) and softball my freshmen year. But I wasn’t [as] successful as I was in basketball.
Q: Why do you think girls should go out for the Girls Varsity Basketball team instead of other teams? How does your team differ from others?
A: I think they should join if they are prepared to be a part of a real team, and they must be ready to work!