Coach Kathy Toon speaks on managing your emotions

Coach Kathy Toon speaks on managing your emotions

February 24, 2022

“Sports, academics, public speaking, in the operating room, or wherever, you have to know how to manage your emotions. No matter what happens in front of you, stay in that performance state. Deal with the other stuff later, but you can't just all of a sudden fall apart,” Toon said.

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Josh Friedkin starts his professional basketball career in Israel

Josh Friedkin starts his professional basketball career in Israel

February 17, 2022

“For me, that's just finding ways that I can slot in and contribute to our team winning games, you know. Whether that means scoring, whether that means passing, whether that means just making sure people are in the right spots, playing defense, whatever that takes, I'm willing to do it,” Friedkin said.

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Meet Michael Crocker: Videographer, editor, and director

Meet Michael Crocker: Videographer, editor, and director

February 10, 2022

“I think [my] favorite part [of my job] is just seeing how people approach life, you know, there's no right way, there's no wrong way. I think everyone has their own way of doing it, and then capturing greatness within that individual,” Crocker said. “So being able to translate just greatness and potential within people through film, and through videos, I think is the most fulfilling thing, and the relationships afterwards are really cool too.”

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Asha Thomas continues her career overseas in Nördlingen, Germany

Asha Thomas continues her career overseas in Nördlingen, Germany

February 03, 2022

“I've had the best of both [teammates and coaches] and that is rare. Very rare from what I've heard from former teammates I’ve played with or even people that I played against,” Thomas said. “So our connection has been really good. I would definitely call them another part of my family for sure. They make things not just easier, but they make you enjoy the experience.”

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Five ways to practice mindfulness

Five ways to practice mindfulness

January 27, 2022

“Like anything in life, it begins with your mindset. With what you believe to be true. If you have self doubt, you will hesitate in [the] game. We work to not only sharpen your physical tools but also your mental tools to allow you to fully trust your work and stop listening to the old stories in our head as to why we cannot do something,” Coach Packie said.

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Radvile Autukaite: From a player to a member on the coaching staff

Radvile Autukaite: From a player to a member on the coaching staff

January 20, 2022

“The most important thing [is] everybody that works hard will get an opportunity at some point. I think my suggestion is trusting the process and being okay [with] starting at the bottom. Pay your dues… Look for that opportunity and when you receive [it], work hard and be patient with it. Enjoy the process of growing and learning instead of just expecting instant success.”

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Parent Testimonial: Anne Omura shares her daughter Mari’s experience with UPB

Parent Testimonial: Anne Omura shares her daughter Mari’s experience with UPB

January 13, 2022

“It's definitely worth it and it is a very long drive. A lot of people [say] ‘You could find something closer for your kids,’ but the benefit they get from it is beyond. You can't really quantify it in time or money. I just feel [that] it's such a positive confidence booster for them, and all three kids just feel good when they come out of there [and] they're smiling. It's increased their love for the sport, which I think is really important."

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Parent Testimonial: Nelson Washington speaks on his son Dallas training at UPB

Parent Testimonial: Nelson Washington speaks on his son Dallas training at UPB

January 06, 2022

“They're invested in seeing him be successful on and off the court. So when he has struggles or some frustrations, it's been nice for them to give us some encouragement… You can’t always get that from different places. UPB is just not just a training place, it's a community. They want to see kids achieve.”

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Leah Sopak is ready for a victorious second season with Saint Martin’s University

Leah Sopak is ready for a victorious second season with Saint Martin’s University

December 30, 2021

Over the last week of November, the Saints placed in the D2SIDA Women’s Basketball Division II Media Poll for the first time in program History. The team tied with Southwestern Oklahoma State at No. 25. Sopak not only credits the team’s defense for their success, but also credits the relationships that she and her teammates have built together.

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Oderah Chidom executes her success in professional basketball amid the COVID-19 Pandemic outbreak

Oderah Chidom executes her success in professional basketball amid the COVID-19 Pandemic outbreak

December 23, 2021

The grind did not stop for Chidom after AfroBasket 2021. Two days after winning the gold, she arrived in Angers, France on Tuesday, September 28th to start her season with Union Feminine Angers Basket 49 in their first game that upcoming Saturday on October 2nd. It was a quick turnaround, but Chidom was up for the challenge to quickly learn the team’s plays and get into the rhythm of European basketball.

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Amber Melgoza takes on year two playing overseas in Bembibre, Spain

Amber Melgoza takes on year two playing overseas in Bembibre, Spain

December 16, 2021

My favorite part [about playing overseas is] being able to play a game that [I] love and [do what I have] always [dreamt] about when [I was] a little girl, to play professional basketball. Now I'm finally doing it, and [I am] able to play and travel the world,” Melgoza said. “Like that's literally my job, to play and travel the world. I think that's just an amazing thing, and I'm so grateful that I had this opportunity to do that.”

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Hunter Hernandez transitions smoothly to college basketball at UC Irvine

Hunter Hernandez transitions smoothly to college basketball at UC Irvine

December 09, 2021

Hernandez played in her first collegiate basketball game on November 7th when the Anteaters hosted Westcliff University and won 114-53. Hernandez played 13 minutes and had five points, three assists and two steals.

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