Nov. 1, 2011
We had our first exhibition game last Friday against UW-Parkside and what can I say, they were a good team. They played with a chip on their shoulders and actually beat us. It was a tough loss but on the bright side it showed us what it's going to take to truly move in a positive direction.
This athletic program is already so different from last year, it feels good to be a Rambler right now. It will feel even better to show everyone who has doubted us what we're capable of. I transferred to Loyola from a school that WAS that Cinderella story. It is possible and I can't wait to get the season rolling. Coach Simpson is really pushing us to get out of our comfort zones and, you know what, it's a battle. To make a change it takes support and persistence and that's just what we're trying to build each day in practice, a positive atmosphere.
We had a two hour multi-cultural team meeting last week as well and I learned so much about my teammates that I would of never known. I'll admit, I did NOT want to go to the meeting at first but when I left the meeting I couldn't help but think of how left out I would of felt had I not gone. The meeting helped us open up and taught us that not everyone is the same. Everyone experiences life through a different lens. The best part about being a part of a team is that you get to touch the lives of different people from different ethnic backgrounds or demographics and by doing so, you learn from them as well. The meeting helped me look at the team as a family, as people who care and want to help me if I'm ever in need. The atmosphere we're building off the court will certainly show on the court.
My personal goal is to contribute, along with my teammates, in turning the program around. I think we're headed in the right direction.
#3 Patrice King