"Like anything in life it seems we are never fully able to appreciate the preciousness and beauty of something until it begins to fade or not until it is gone altogether. In my 6th year with the University of Calgary my Dino career clock is making its last pass. With each passing practice, road trip and game I am humbled and evermore thankful for the 6 years that I have had the privilege and honour to call myself a Dino. When I was just beginning my basketball Journey in Chilliwack BC at the age of 15, I remember going to my first ever CIS basketball game. The red and white giants, who to me at the time seemed like superheroes, carried the Dino name with pride and honour. Ironically 3 years later I would share this same honour and embark on a six-year journey wearing the Dino name proudly.
Representing the Dino program has always been so much more than just playing basketball. Coming in as a rookie I soon learned that this commitment entailed much outside the realm of the game. The importance of the community, the campus, and the classroom became an important focus supplementing what was to be done on the court. Shortly after a successful first year and a summer stint with the Jr. National team I realized how basketball could not be my cornerstone in life. Shocking medical news forced me to face the very real reality that I may never play this game I loved again. With a newly found faith and through series of miraculous events, I had been given a second opportunity to step back onto the court and play. Through these trials I came to greatly appreciate the opportunity to play at such a high level with such high caliber players.
Looking back it is not the wins or the losses that I will remember but all the relationships and friendships that have been forged over the years. The stories from the road, the moments in the locker room where guys are in tears laughing so hard, and the bonds which have formed with many brothers along the way.
One of the biggest lessons I have learned as a Dino has been commitment. I have learned that its not always ‘fun’ and passion will not win out every time. There have been many times where I have not been eagerly excited to shoot, lift, practice or sit through a 3 hour lecture, but it is the relationships and the bond to something greater than myself that has always brought me back and pushed me forward to be fully committed to the team and the program throughout the years.
Although the time to clean out my locker and take off my jersey is drawing near, I am even more proud to leave as a Dino and make room for the next one to rise up and fully embrace the Dino experience."
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