1. What does being a Leader mean to you?

A leader is someone who inspires, motivates, brings energy, listens, leads by example, and 

when everyone is down, they are the ones to bring everyone back up.

2. What’s your favorite part of being a leader?

My favorite part of being a leader is bringing people up with me and helping them become the best version of themselves through all the traits a leader should possess. 

3. How has EMA helped you become the leader you are today?

EMA helped me become a leader by having others around me show me the path to becoming a leader.

The coaches believed in me the whole way through, which made my growth skyrocket.

Having other leaders around me who encouraged me and brought energy gave an example of what a leaders is. Their contagious energy made me into a leader.

4. What’s the best thing you’ve learned at EMA?

The best thing I’ve learned at EMA is that leadership is contagious and that wherever you go as a leader, you will make an impact.

5. How do you show up as a leader on and off the court?

I encourage friends and teammates, whether it’s encouraging them to shoot the ball or to study for an upcoming test. I’ll tell them “next play” or “you’ll do better on the next test.” I’ll help them by demonstrating a drill, walking through how to do a proper jab step. or going step by step on how to solve a math problem. 

Whenever someone is going through a tough time, I’ll sit down and listen. 

I’ll tell them that they can. just call me if anything is troubling them.

6. Who are some leaders that you look up to and why?

I look up to Draymond Green because he’s empathetic with his teammates, encouraging and believes in them. He doesn’t care about the stats; he cares about his teammates and winning, even if that means he has to have high expectations for each and every one of them.

I also look up to Barack Obama because he embraced the pressure and stepped into territory no one else had ever entered before. He did this while being confident and determined to do the best for his country and

inspired people all around the world than an ordinary person can break boundaries & achieve things that go beyond themselves.

He changes the world through his leadership. I always say that if there’s one person I would want to meet, it would be Barack Obama.

I admire Kobe Bryant because of his confidence and tireless work ethic.

Another leader I look up to is Serena Williams because she inspired the world and told them that

even with circumstances that made her dream look impossible, she persisted & became one of the greatest athletes of all time & a symbol of female empowerment.

I also look up to my team captain because she is empathetic, and whenever you’re down, she comes up to you and tells you to get it out of your head and keep going. She listens and makes you feel like you have an impact. She ensures everyone is focused during practice, warm-ups, and in-game. She always brings energy and hypes everyone up. She leaders by example and sets the standard of what a leader and team captain is.

I look up to all the coaches at EMA for what they bring to the lives of all the kids they coach. 

Lastly, I look up to my parents who have supported me since the beginning.

7. Define EMA with one sentence.

Whether you believe in yourself or not, just know there’s always someone who does. 

8. Complete the sentence: As a leader, I encourage people to…

Believe in themselves because if you do that, you will turn into someone you couldn’t be more proud of.

As a leader, I also encourage people to surround themselves with other leaders so they can see what it means to be a leader.


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