Cassie Tavormina is a student athlete who attends Doane Academy and plays of SJ Domination. We talked to her about her experiences as a student-athlete.
On what she did that was sports related over the summer and how it went:
"I did numerous sports related things over the summer. First, I went to the Coach Dan Williamson Basketball Camp. This camp changed my life. It made every part of my game better and I met my biggest role model, Coach Dan. Second, I went to the Burlington County All-Star Basketball Camp. This summer, at the camp I was awarded Free Throw Champ and Most Valuable Player. My team was undefeated at the camp and won Team Champs. Third, I did strength training with Matt Walker at the Virtua Center for HealthFitness. Matt Walker is one of the most influential people in my life and I am very thankful for him. Fourth, I trained for basketball with Coach Stitzel, the head coach for the men's basketball team at Delaware Valley University. It was a blessing to learn from a NCAA basketball coach. I pray that I will play basketball for Delaware Valley University when I graduate high school. Fifth, I volunteered at the Westampton Rec. Summer Basketball Camp. I love helping children and playing basketball. Volunteering at this basketball camp was great! I got to teach children how to play basketball. The whole summer I worked out with coaches from TOL, The O League, for example Coach O, Coach Schott, and Coach Tam. TOL is more than a league for student-athletes; it is a family. It is MY family. At the end of the summer I worked out with the Trenton Catholic Academy Varsity Women's Basketball Team. I learned a lot from the team's very skilled athletes and coaches."
On what she expects this year as an athlete:
"I was very blessed to transfer to Doane Academy this year. This year as an athlete I can expect to play basketball with the Doane Academy Varsity Women's Basketball Team and with The O League's AAU team, South Jersey Domination."
On difficulties and experiences that are specific to student athletes:
"Being a student athlete is very difficult. I have to be organized, have good time management, and I need to remember that academics are more important than athletics. Being a student athlete has given me numerous great experiences. For example, learning new things, meeting new people, and traveling to great places. "
On balancing education and athletics:
"It is very difficult to balance education and athletics, but I know that my education is more important than athletics. I stay organized and manage my time well. I will do my homework before I practice and then after practice I will study."
Advice for current and future student-athletes:
"My advice for current or future student athletes is to always remember how blessed you are. I thank God every day for the blessing to get a great education and play basketball."