Faces of Team Awesome

“Faces of Team Awesome” tells the stories of the *awesome* girls and women from the Puget Sound who inspired the Team Awesome Basketball Leadership Academy. Join us at the Academy on July 17-21 at Shoreline Community College, and learn the secrets we have found for success on and off the court. REGISTER today!

Faces of Team Awesome is published once a week through July on the BEA blog, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

~ Meet Mady Burdett ~

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High School & College:
Edmonds Woodway High School (’16); Whitman College (’20).

How would you describe your leadership style?
I would describe my leadership style as one who works hard to make sure others around are giving it their all. I love to motivate people and to make sure my teammates know that they all have an important role on the team and every training/practice matters.

What does Team Awesome mean to you?
Team Awesome means a lot to me because growing up no one really cared for women sports. But after being a part of a great program like this, it opened my eyes to how much female sports has advanced and continues to progress in every category. Also, I have gained lifetime friendships with the other members of Team Awesome, and I have learned what it means to be a female athlete on and off the court. Team Awesome gives me confidence to ball out with the guys no matter my gender.

What her teammate says about her:
“Mady is a natural born leader. It’s hard to tell if her leadership comes from her skill level, or her genuine motive to be a leader. Her talent says a ton about the love she has for the sports, which motivates the girls around her. Mady never lets things get to her, and makes sure to always see the bright side. She’s helped me develop a different type of passion for the game that won’t ever be taken away from me. She uses her voice to make sure everyone knows how important they are to the team.” – Selina Tekle

How will you change the world?
Growing up I’ve always had a nag to help people and I really wanted to be a firefighter but I later realized that I’m deathly afraid of fire (so I dropped that idea). That being said, I don’t know exactly what I will do to change the world but I do know I want to help people or the community in some way.

~ Meet Lindsey Blaine ~

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High School & College:
Lyle High School (2003) & Purdue University (2008)

What do you currently do?
Personal Trainer/Performance Coach, Inglemoor High School Girls Basketball JV Coach/Varsity Assistant, IHS Throws Coach.

How would you describe your leadership role?
My leadership role on Team Awesome would have to come in the form of efficiency and effort. On the offense side of the court, this shows itself in shot selection,  FG%, and setting effective, purposeful screens. Defensively, its reflective in battling for positions underneath, providing help D and rebounding. I think any minute, any athlete gets on the court should be utilized to its fullest, contributing to the ultimate goal of winning the game.

What her teammate says about her leadership role:
“Lindsey is the type of player that you are glad is on your team and not the other. She works hard the whole time. She is a great defender and rebounder and simply doesn’t miss from baseline 15-foot. When you watch her play, you would think she played ball in college because of how good she really is. But being a NCAA Division-I championship throwing javelin is pretty cool and I always brag about her. My favorite thing about Lindsey is that she is good at everything and it’s fun to have a friend that you can play any sport with and she can compete with you. She is an awesome coach, friend, and trainer.” – Allison Mass

What does Team Awesome mean to you?
There’s really no words to describe just how much Team Awesome has meant to me, on so many levels. I joined the league when I first moved to Seattle, about 8 years ago. It came into my life at the perfect time. I had just finished competing post-collegiately for Track and Field and was feeling pretty burned out. I had played sports competitively my whole life and was thinking that I had finally reached the point where I was done with everything – no more sports for me. That was a tough feeling to experience as I really loved all athletics, and didn’t want to lose that! Not to mention that my profession was based around it. I remember talking with my Mom and her encouraging words to go back to the sport I first loved, basketball.  I joined the Puget Sound Basketball League as an individual, happened to get thrown on a team with a quick little point guard named Bea and the rest is history. Not only did joining this team help restore my love of the game and sport, it has connected me with so many amazing people and some of my very best friends. It has helped me  in a professional way and has also brought so much fun, love and joy into my life. I don’t know what I would have done without it! The network of strong, successful females it has helped create is truly amazing and I’m grateful for that every day.

~ Meet Marivel Ortega ~

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High School & College:
Edmonds Woodway High School (’17), University of Washington – Bothell

How would you describe your leadership style?
I would say I try to lead by example rather than being vocal. On the other hand, I use my voice to encourage my teammates and others around me.

What does Team Awesome mean to you?
I absolutely loved being on team awesome. There was never a time I was not excited to come to practice or tournament. We always had an up beat atmosphere and all got along, I think that’s why we played so well together. My love for the game grew each day I played with these group of girls, not to mention I gained many friendships that will last a life time.

What her teammate says about her:
“Marivel always stepped on the court with a smile on her face and she spread constant positivity no matter the circumstance. She always put the team first and knew how to embrace tough situations that allowed the team to stay close and true to their goals. She is an awesome teammate and leader!” – Mady Burdett

How will you change the world?
After finishing college I hope to become a dermatologist as well as participate in different service projects and mission trips around the world. My goal is to make a difference and impact peoples lives.

~ Meet Alexa Mendezona ~

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High School & College:
Lynnwood High School (’06), Edmonds CC (’08), Northwest University (’10)

What do you currently do?
I am currently a Communications Coordinator at Puget Sound Educational Service District. We are a regional support system for over 35 school districts in the Puget Sound area. I have also been the lead assistant coach/guard coach at Northwest University for the past four years. And most importantly, I am also a mom to a baby girl named Jayce Jaeda Mendezona (future team awesome member)!

How would you describe your leadership role?
I think over the years I have really learned how to find leadership roles in ways other than just scoring. In high school and in my early college years, I was relied heavily on for scoring and then when I transferred to Northwest University, my role changed as a leader. I think what I bring to teams now is a strong work ethic and hustle plays. I take pride in the little things on the court that are often overshadowed by how many points you can score, like sprinting back on defense, locking someone up (when my knee was better!), inbound passing with a purpose or rebounding…as a small guard I LOVE crashing the boards. Sometimes these little things can go unnoticed but I always feel good knowing I came out there and gave it my all.

What does Team Awesome mean to you?
Team Awesome has been the perfect outlet to help get my competitive juices flowing again. I took a break from basketball after I graduated college and finding Team Awesome has been one of the best things to happen to me since. We have become such a little family and all have different playing styles but similar competitive mindsets. We have so much fun on the court because we get along so well and love to win! I don’t know what I would do without these ladies!

What her teammate says about her leadership role:
“Other than being an irreplaceable friend on and off the court, Alexa brings 110% every game. I never have to doubt whether she is giving it all she’s got, and that trust is so valuable. She leads by her hustle and intensity. My favorite is the fact that she’s one of the tiniest people but she doesn’t back down when defending in the paint. I work harder because she works so hard.” – Erika Cliett

~ Meet Ledia Musye ~

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High School & College:
Shorewood High School (’17) & University of Washington

How would you describe your leadership style?
I lead my teammates through motivation regardless of how they perform, because we all have good and bad games.

What does Team Awesome mean to you?
Team Awesome to me was the beginning of a family. This team was full of such amazing girls who worked hard to improve their basketball skills as well as their overall character. We laughed together, laughed at stupid things together, traveled, ate, and most importantly we won together. I’m so happy that I got to play with the girls and of course be coached by the best person ever ❤

What her teammate says about her:
“Ledia has a special confidence that makes her a welcomed leader on and off the court. She has worked very hard to become the player that she is, which then encourages others to do the same. Basketball is a team sport and Ledia always makes sure that everyone knows it; whether we were winning or losing, we were going to do it together as a team. I loved playing with Ledia because she made the game fun, pushed me to keep trying to be better, and she can be very funny.” – Maddie Petit

How will you change the world?
After college I hope to take my nursing degree and work in developing countries as well as begin a nonprofit for students in Eritrea.

~ Meet Missy Peterson ~

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High School & College:
Edmonds-Woodway High School (2017) and Long Beach/University of Washington (waiting on confirmation)

How would you describe your leadership style?
I would describe my leadership style to be team first. Always putting my teammates before myself, doing what’s best for the people around me. Incorporating fun while being disciplined and motivated at the same time. Winning, but enjoying every moment of it.

What does Team Awesome mean to you?
It means the world! It teaches teamwork, confidence, and trust all while having fun.

What her teammate says about her:
“Missy is the type of teammate that will always have your back no matter what. She’ll encourage you to do your best, even when you’re not doing so well she never gives up and never stops encouraging her teammates. Having the opportunity to play with her for so many years was amazing. I’m so grateful to have had a teammate like her as well as gain a really good friend.” – Marivel Ortega

How will you change the world?
Change the way people view women’s sports.

~ Meet Erika Cliett ~

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High School & College:
Everett High School (’07); Northwest University (’11); NU Grad School (’13).

What do you currently do?
I am a mommy to Ellie and I am and assistant/do project management  in the Network department at United Healthcare.

What is your leadership role on Team Awesome?
I suppose I would consider myself more vocal, but I try to lead intentionally…through action, running/moving every moment I’m out there and try to keep the pace up. I also try to lead by perseverance, moving forward through difficult situations on the court and in life.

What does Team Awesome mean to you?
I’m so blessed to be part of Team Awesome. Basketball is a crucial outlet for me and with the loss of my husband last year I appreciate it more now than I ever did… I am so thankful that it’s connected me with other supportive, strong, competitive women and friendships that will last. We are the toughest team to beat because we have the bond both on and off the court, and most importantly we support and have faith in each other. I love those ladies!

What her teammate says about her leadership role:
“Every player has a unique role on a team, but Erika fills many. She has the ability to lead when the ball is in her hands, when she is on the bench, and especially in big game situations. As Erika teammate, I never want to let her down. She communicates. She’s encouraging. She provides positive criticism. She does whatever it takes for our team to win. Erika does the intangibles. Erika will always be irreplaceable” – Kristina Schumacher.

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