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The players spoke of their teams’ promising seasons ahead with a reflection on the past and what will make them better this season. All of this was observed at the recent media conference for the basketball teams at Maize South High. Local media was invited to this first time event and I was able to attend as I was one of the parents of a student athlete on one of the teams interviewed. What a great, fun presentation for these young, eager student athletes to participate in allow them a look into the adult world they will soon enter.

The players were dressed in their basketball gear and answered questions from the local media that was there for about 30 minutes. The nervous answers shared and the laughs that followed after some of the student athletes answers were entertaining and also intriguing because the players were really concentrating and focused on their responses and thinking about their programs and teams with pride and energy.

This concept of having a press conference for high school players may seem too grown up for our young athletes, but I came away from the event more excited about our future grownups and how they are learning valuable lessons through events like this that help them reflect on their past accomplishments and strive for future goals in front of an audience, lending themselves more accountable for their actions.

Maybe in future years more schools will consider this type of event to promote their programs but more importantly the accomplishments of their student athletes.

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