|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 junior Shaday “Day-Day” Woolcock.|
Check out Day-Day’s latest entry below:
Sept. 28, 2009
Hey Georgia Tech fans!
I am sorry I have not written in a while but I wanted to update you on what has been going on for me over the last few months.
In March of 2007, as a sophomore in high school, I first made a verbal commitment to play on the Georgia Tech women’s basketball team. In Coach Joseph’s office, we spoke about all Tech had to offer me, and she made me one promise. She didn’t promise playing time or that I would leave Tech as the best college player to live; that was all determined by myself and my work ethics, but she did promise me that as long as I worked hard in the classroom, regardless to what happened on the court, I would leave Tech with one of the best educations in the world.
Unfortunately, right before I began at Tech, I ruptured my Achilles tendon and had to have it repaired. I spent lots of time in the rehabilitation center trying to strengthen the tendon so that I could get back on the court. When it finally came time to be full-go in practice, I was excited. It seemed like forever since I had been able to play without having to take breaks in between. I had to be taped up from knee to ankle and I still had occasional pain, but my tendon improved a lot, and I was able to practice more which resulted in being able to play in a few games. Toward the beginning of last season I was able to practice even more, but soon the pains came back and worsened. As a result, I ended up sitting out again and taking numerous doctor visits. Since I’ve known them, Georgia Tech doctors have been some of the most helpful people, but the reality of my injury wasn’t something I wanted to hear from them. My surgery had been a complete success, but reality was I may always have these pains if I continue to compete. After asking many questions and receiving advice from the doctors and my family, I made the decision to no longer carry on with my college basketball career.
Having to make a decision about whether to keep playing or not was tough, but on a positive note, I just wanted to share with all of the Georgia Tech family my appreciation for the loyalty this program has had to me. Although I can no longer compete, the women’s basketball program is still granting me my scholarship, so the promise Coach Joseph made about receiving one of the best degrees holds true. I still receive the same academic attention I always have had and I still feel like a part of this family. I am so thankful for all of the people who are a part of this program who have been so helpful and who have offered great advice to me. I am also so excited about our women’s basketball team this year. With many returning players and with a freshmen class full of very talented young ladies, we are going to be an amazing team. Since I was a sophomore in high school, I have had the opportunity to watch Georgia Tech women’s basketball become a better program each and every year, and this upcoming season will definitely be another season of progress. You don’t want to miss out. Come out and watch us!!!!!
– Day-Day #10