True victory is not arriving at a destination of success, but rather embarking on a journey that
inspires the heart of many along the way. –Julia Arzu
Like any other basketball season, the road to victory has been one of great discipline, sacrifice, determination,
perseveration, and most of all, perspiration. Every step of this journey was nerve wrecking as any match could have
been the last. The thought of defeat, however, was not mentally instilled, for a fifth year of a triumphant victory
was the aim. So sought, so found. For five consecutive years, Galen has withheld the title as National Basketball
Champions. These young men have not only made their entire school proud, but have also imprinted a unique victory
in the hearts of their supporters that time itself cannot erase. In the last week of October, they stepped on the
University of Belize (UB) basketball court as athletes, and on November 26 th , they soared out of that same arena
as inspirational leaders. These young leaders have inspired others in ways they will never understand. They have
given the strength to deter defeat:
They have showed me great determination. Their action on the court
has taught me that even if you are losing, you can come back, win the
game and be number one. It’s not only about winning, but also about
developing a family, which they have developed within themselves.
Because, if you had seen the way how they played on the court, they
played with unity.
~ Nadeine Orellano~
The will to carry on:
“It encouraged me to push harder for my dreams and strive for my
goals. During the season, they never gave up, even when the
circumstances seemed bleak. That has inspired me not to give up,
especially in school and sports”.
The courage to believe:
“They inspired me. They made me believe that anything is achievable
and that anyone could do it; it just takes dedication and practice. With
school, it inspired me to work harder, just as they did. As well as, to
manage time which we, too, can do”.
The power for reformation:
“It made me learn how to handle any situation under pressure. Most of
the time, especially for the first game, I was failing a lot, and it
frustrated me. I was at a point where I couldn’t take it anymore. And
basketball has helped me to overcome those obstacles. Instead of giving
in to the negativity, I fed off of it and improved my game. After that, I
just went on the court and had a positive mind”.
Not all victories are meant to be won in a physical arena. As displayed by Galen’s eagles, victories, the most
influential ones, are won abstractly. Within a few decades, the glory will fade and the trophies and medals will
rust away, but these individuals will never forget the impact that these players made in their lives.