By Charli Elliott, TABLA Junior Counselor
Today was a day of blood, sweat and tears. Luckily they were happy tears, as the girls got to meet and train with a local basketball idol, Mikayla Pivec. Pivec won various accolades throughout high school, as well as during her freshman year at Oregon State University. She brought her talent to TABLA today and taught the girls how to improve their skills even without a personal trainer. The sweat came later as Claire Durrell, founder of Ladies Elite Athletic Development (LEAD), put the girls to work with a series of plyometrics and stretching to build strength and improve their mobility.
In the second half of the day, the girls work-shopped issues that affect women’s sports in relation to men’s sports (such as less fans, worse uniforms, and having to fight for gym time). Raising awareness of the issues today will lead to working together to create solutions tomorrow. They also discussed different ways to inspire teammates as a leader on the basketball court. They learned the value of saying something specific to a teammate to help them through a rough moment, on top of the general cheering.
The day finished up with a continuation of the regular season 3-on-3 tournament and a some journaling, leaving the girls with the quote “What would you do if you weren’t afraid? Then do it.”