Sage came to camp with the biggest smile on her face and was super pumped up. Little did we know, she had two games right before camp. Not one game, but two games! Talk about hard work and dedication. If anyone has seen what our camps consist of, you know that it is no walk in the park. We come to put in work and to help our campers get better. Sage brought energy, fun and motivation to her group. She even got all the younger campers together, formed a huddle and started chanting, “ Skylar Diggins little ballers,” that put the biggest smile on Skylar’s face. I was very impressed by her leadership and ability to work hard throughout the entire camp. I can tell she really enjoys the game. We love having campers like sage attend our camps, she really set the tone for the rest of her group. After speaking with her parents, I was really excited to sit down with Sage.
How old are you Sage?
How long have you been playing basketball?
5 years, maybe.
Why did you start playing basketball ?
Well, I started doing dance, hip hop, tap dance and ballet but then my dad said it was time to do other sports so I kind of wanted to do basketball and I’ve loved it ever since!
What other sports do you play?
I use to play football. I play basketball and softball now.
Why did you stop playing football?
Well, because, as I get older I don’t think I will be able to do it so I kind of stopped doing it so that I could have other opportunities to do other sports.
Which sport do you like most?
Probably because I watch basketball a lot more and I learn a lot more stuff…and it’s just really fun.
What did you eat for breakfast?
Before my games we stopped at Starbucks and I had pumpkin loaf and apple juice.
What did you eat for lunch?
I ate sliders and french fries and I played with a baby!
What do you do to prepare yourself for a game?
Me and my dad made a promise that every Friday, before a game, after school we would go outside for 30 minutes to practice together. We have been doing this since I was 5.
After you graduate high school, where do you see yourself?
I want to be at UCONN. After I retire, I want to be a sports commentator, so I might study that. my uncle Donovan is a sports commentator, so I kind of learned it from him.
Why is being a student first important?
Well, I think the student is important because first you want to get good grades but then you want to focus on basketball or whatever other sports you are playing.
How do you juggle basketball and your school work?
Well, I always think outside. In the mornings, I play basketball at school outside with all the boys. When it is time for school, I learn and then after school we always practice. I usually do my homework at this aftercare program so that when I get home I can watch T.V. and then go outside and practice.
What is your favorite color ?
My favorite color is blue and turquoise.
Who is your favorite player?
Skylar! My dad shows me highlights of her all the time, she inspires me to practice more. Some of her moves, I go outside and practice so that I can do them in the games.
What was your favorite part about camp?
My favorite part about camp is that there were drinks. I loved how at all the stations they actually really pushed us and helped us.
What did you learn today?
I learned that you should always push yourself and you have to listen if you want to do things right.
How often do you workout?
I have trainings on Sundays and me and my dad go outside almost every day to practice. He pushes and motivates me.
Is there anything else you want to say?
Yes, thank you for giving me this opportunity.
Sage, was so much fun to talk to. She has the sweetest spirit and knew exactly what she wanted to say. Her future is a bright one, she seems to be a little woman with a big plan. We all hope to see her back next year.