“ Great things come from hard work and perseverance. No excuses.”- Kobe Bryant
Nashville was a tough one for us. There were so many great players , it was so hard to only choose one. Siva and her dad showed up to the camp early, when they came they let us know about Siva’s condition. She was born with Erbs Palsy, which is a condition that does not allow her to fully extend her left arm. There was not one time during the camp that she allowed this condition to put limitations on her. In each drill she went hard. Siva is the definition of perseverance. I am chuckling as I write this because her work ethic blew us all away. This is not something you can turn on and off, her drive and ability to overcome comes from putting in hours and hours and work outside of practice and games. Not only do you have to push yourself physically to overcomer barriers but also mentally. Her energy was one that we all were able to feed off of.
Siva has had to overcome this obstacle from the moment she was born. Instead of running from the challenge she decided the moment her father placed a ball in her hand to take it head on and I must say she has showed us all that the only limitations we have are the ones we put on ourselves. Her presence was convicting, the way she pushed herself and believed in herself was inspiring. I was so excited to sit down with her and ask her a few questions.
How long have you been playing basketball?
9 ...8 years.
What got you started?
My dad is the one who got me started and from there I fell in love with it.
What are two things you currently do in your training?
My dad has always told me to focus on one thing so I focus on shooting and defense, those are the two things I love.
How often do you workout?
We practice everyday for 2 1/2 hours but I stay after 30 minutes and I am in the gym on Saturdays for 2 hours.
What's your biggest challenge?
My left hand...I always work harder on my right make up for my left.
Do you look at it as a disability?
No, I don't believe you should allow one thing to stop you. It should make you go harder.
What's ultimate achievement/goal?
To get a scholarship to play.
Who do you look up to?
Zach Hodskins ; he is only able to use his right hand as well so when I am having a tough day or game I just think about him and how he made it.
What Moto do you live by?
There are no off days.
How does Skylar inspire you?
How hard she works and how much she loves the game.
What is something you would like to say to Sky?
Stay humble, you have a great heart and never forget where you came from.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
My teammates and family.
Yes, if you love something, don't give up.
Siva is one of a kind and we are truly thankful that we had the opportunity to be apart of her journey. We are expecting Siva to do some amazing things. We want to thank Siva for not only allowing us to help her get better but for also being a leader and setting a great example for not only us but for the rest of the campers. We hope to see her back next year.