By Chanda Rigby Day 10 began early and in a rush to get to the airport. After checking in and making it through security, we had a two hour wait before boarding our plane. I took the opportunity to gather some information from the players to capture some of their thoughts about the trip. When asked what was their favorite thing they saw on the trip, an overwhelming majority of the players revealed that climbing to the top of the Eiffel Tower and looking out over Paris topped their list. Amber Rivers said that seeing the bull fighting ring was also on the “favorite” list. Tyasia Moore and Shawnta Shaw stated their favorite thing that they saw was the very famous Mona Lisa painting in the Louvre Museum. When I asked each player about her favorite experience, it was difficult for them to name just one. Newcomer guard, Emely Roserio, said her favorite experience was getting to compete against teams that play different styles of basketball from what we are accustomed to playing in the states. Jasmine Leblanc said her favorite experience was the interaction with the children during community service. Janiah Sandifer and Tiyah Johnson both favored the experience of facing their fears and jumping off the catamaran into the Mediterranean Ocean. Amahni Upshaw enjoyed getting out of her comfort zone to try new foods. When asked about what they learned, Jasmine Robinson said she learned so much about the history, culture and religions in each of the cities we visited. Alexus Dye said she learned that there are over 3,000 rooms in the Royal Palace in Madrid. Harriet Winchester and Makayla Robinson said they learned how different cultures can be from what ours is in the United States, and Harriet said she even tried to learn as much of the French and Spanish languages as she could. When asked to sum up the trip, Kate Rogers said, “It was the best trip of my life.” Jhileya Dunlap summarized her feelings about the trip with these words, “It was a once in a lifetime experience and I learned so much about other countries as well as my teammates. I’m grateful.” From my perspective as the head coach, I’m overwhelmed with gratitude that Troy University provided this priceless gift to me and to so many who matter most to me. We will never be the same for what we experienced. We will forever have broader perspectives, and those broader perspectives will enable us to make more informed life choices, as well as give us the ability to dream bigger and see life through a broader, more beautiful lens. As we completed our 10 hour flight and boarded the Trojan Trolleys, we are reminded that, for all the wonderful places we have been, there is no place like Troy, and we will be glad to make it back to our #OneTroy family.
"We can have no fear and we can never shy away from competition." Coach Marc Davis, Troy Track and Field