|This season fans will have the opportunity to see first-hand what it’s like to be a part of the women’s basketball program at Georgia Tech in a series of online journal entries at Ramblinwreck.com written by sophomore Shaday “Day-Day” Woolcock.
Check out Day-Day’s latest entry below:
March 31, 2009
I think I speak for all of my teammates when I say we’ve had a prosperous season. From winning games, to knuckling down in the class room, we have tremendously grown as a program.
Within myself, I know I have grown more as a person. On the court, Coach Joseph and all my other coaches have taught me so much and have help me see the game of basketball in a completely different manner. I’ve never really been much of an emotional type player but this year, even while I was sitting on the bench screaming my head off cheering for my teammates, I can feel an abundance of emotion trying its best to escape my body. Off the court, I’ve gained so much more of an appreciation for the tough classes that I have and the community service events that I am chosen to participate in. The classes have taught me how to struggle yet find a way to succeed. Coach Joseph and my mom preach to me all the time that nothing in life comes easy and dealing with my classes around managing basketball has definitely been a practicing tool for me. Community service events have allowed me to meet all kinds of people and not only were I able to touch the hearts of many kids and programs; I have also been able to learn things from them. Seeing less fortunate children who don’t get to do all the things I may have had an opportunity to do as a child reminds me of how thankful I should be. Hearing thoughts of other children and being able to communicate and interact with them made me so grateful that God has put me in a position where I can give back my knowledge and advise that might one day set these young people on the right path to success. I am just so grateful for this women’s basketball program and everything they have done for me.
We have had some ups and downs, some games we probably should not have lost, some games many didn’t expect us to win, some tears of pain, some tears of joy, but the worst thing I’d say about this season is like all other seasons, it one day comes to an end. And when this happens, important people leave and enter the real world such as our seniors Jacqua Williams (Duckie) and Tabitha Turner.
I will always remember Duckie as being one of the most stubborn, strong minded, determined individuals that I have ever met. And funny thing is she reminds me so much of Coach Joseph. When she is on the court, whether it’s a game or practice, Duckie goes really hard and defensively no one is getting past her without a fight. One take away lesson I will take from Duckie is the ability she had that allowed herself to grow as a person and a player since her freshman year. Regardless of any adverse situation we had as a team, Duckie was there to lead the way for us through it all and what made her even more special to me was when she couldn’t be the general leading the way, she didn’t mind whether or not her teammates stepped forth to lead. She was just as great of a leader as she was a listener to her teammates and for that I am so grateful for her.
I will always remember Tab to be the most positive and hard working person I have ever spent so much time around. Tab had to be one of the best role players on our team this year. Day in and day out Tab would come to practice energetic and ready to put work in and whether she played or didn’t play, she approached everyday with the same positive attitude. Off the court, I really admired Tab. She managed not only our complex basketball schedule but also two different majors, business and engineering major. Then on top of that she managed to join a sorority. Fifteen years from now when I’m working toward a CEO job at some huge marketing firm and my work load becomes so arduous, I will look back and remember Tab as my inspiration.
Just like all my other teammates, I love my SENIORS and they will surely be missed.
– Day-Day #10