A Minute with the Manager: 2nd Edition

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Hey Tiger Fans,

We are now headed into our third week of official practices! The first practice was on October 2nd, and on October 1st the women's basketball team took a special trip to Canvas on Broadway here in downtown Columbia. If you have not made it out there yet, it is a real treat. Typically, the artists put out a calendar of different paintings the community can sign up for. The artists walk participants step by step through the painting until they are able to leave with a masterpiece of their own!

What was so special about this trip for the women's team is that they were able to come up with a very inspirational painting idea for themselves. Once complete, the canvas depicted a basketball goal with an extremely colorful sunset background and included each person's choice of a quote. The paintings are on display in the locker room for as a reminder for motivation. I took a good look at all of them, and one that stood out to me most was crafted by senior Bri Kulas. The quote she picked says, "Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I'm possible."

I asked Bri why she chose this quote, and she said, "I wanted something that I could look at every day before I go out to practice and just remind myself that no matter the situation, if I'm having a bad day, etc., anything is possible if I put my mind to it. I personally have to take responsibility for my actions, and no one else can do that for me. As an individual I am capable of doing things that maybe I didn't think I could do, but with an open mind, and belief in myself, building confidence every day, anything is possible!"

It is that kind of mentality that makes me so excited for the 2013 season to start. I think the trip to Canvas on Broadway was the perfect way to start the first week of official practices. The girls are really putting in a lot of work and are getting after it day in and day out. One thing Coach P has really stressed to the girls these past two weeks is communication, and as a communication major I know how important that is.

The scout team, composed of male students on campus, has made their first appearance in practicing with and scrimmaging against the team, and they are really helping to push them to their full potential. We have also had a few extra helping hands with two new managers who will replace myself and our other senior manager once we graduate.

There are quite a few things I have shared with you all in my last three blogs, but tomorrow night is your chance to see all those things come to life! The Black and Gold Games between both your men and women's teams will take place October 15th at Mizzou Arena at 6pm. Admission is $3 or free with three canned food items that will be donated to the Tiger Pantry. For more information check out the release on mutigers.com.

Remember fans, our first exhibition game is coming up on October 29th at Mizzou Arena against Southwest Baptist at 7pm. To stay even more updated be sure to keep up with the "On the Prowl" video series also found on mutigers.com under women's basketball.

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