WASHINGTON - The Gallaudet University women's basketball team recently had the opportunity to train with members of the United States Marine Corp. in effort to build physical and mental toughness, leadership and teamwork. The January mid-week training session was set up in partnership with the Women's Basketball Coaches Association.
During the session, First Lieutenant Atwood, Staff Sergeant Owens and Gunnery Sergeant Dorris from College Park, Md., split up the team into two groups which competed against each other in three events over the course of two hours, consisting of the 400 relay, push press with ammo cans and on-field agility work.
At the end of the training program members of the team engaged in a post-competition discussion of leadership and its importance both on and off the court. Following the discussion, the team was given water bottles in recognition of their completion of the training program.
"The team and I were humbled to have Marines come and give us a training session," said sophomore forward Kelli Barnes. "It was tough on us physically and mentally but the team stayed together and completed the session. We learned how our teamwork really does push each other beyond our limits."
Last May, Gallaudet women's basketball coach Stephanie Stevens completed the 2016 Coaches Workshop at the Marine Corps Base Quantico.
GU women's basketball student-athlete participants
- Jakkisha Smith
- Kelsey Hudson
- Esperanza Dillard
- Amberley Luna
- Michaela Evans
- Kori Koss
- Lawjen Ashmore
- Kelli Barnes
- Tiffany Anderson
- Brianna DiGiovanni
- Tuesdae Dunklin
- Tawnecia Rush