On Point: Derrick Wilson Blog Entry No. 10

Wilson and his teammates are busy prepping for the 2014-15 campaign.
Sept. 26, 2014

Hey, what’s up everybody?

These past few weeks we have been very busy with school and other team activities. This week we have met a lot of exceptional people, learned a lot of new things, and have had some productive practices.

I want to start off by sharing something from a speaker we had as a guest about two weeks ago named Alison Levine. Ms. Levine is one of the most inspirational women I have met. She has climbed Mt. Everest, walked across Antarctica, and has climbed the highest peak on every continent. Outside of the amazing stories that she told us, she also taught us some valuable lessons.

What I learned from our time spent with her is to never give up and when you feel like giving up, take that one extra step and then take another one, and ultimately it will become a habit. She explained how this was one of the ways she was able to accomplish climbing Mt. Everest and every other mountain and adventure she went on.

I could write more but due to limited space, I have to cut it short. If you want to learn more about Ms. Levine and her story she has a book out called, “On The Edge: The Art of High-Impact Leadership,” and I suggest everyone check it out.

Also this week, our team went through two team-building sessions with an organization called The Program. The Program was led by the founder and president, Eric Kapitulik and his partner Andre Bosier. Both men served in the United States military. Mr. Kapitulik served in the Navy and Mr. Bosier served in the Marines. This past week they taught us not only leadership skills, but also how to be a good teammate through different exercises.

I think that the two-day session really helped our team come together, improve communication and helped us to embrace the different personalities and characteristics of each player on the team. I think we needed this because I felt that it was necessary to get back to the basics on how to be a good team leader and a good teammate in order to accomplish the goals we set for ourselves this year.



Lastly, practice has been going well. The first week we focused on defensive principles and this week we are starting to incorporate some of the basics on the offensive end. The gym has been filled with high energy and effort, but it’s a process and we still have room to develop. Overall, we are making progress and I feel that the players and the coaching staff are in a good place right now and trust me, we will only continue to get better.

That’s all I have this week. If you have any questions for me you can ask me on Twitter @akdwil12 and I’ll try my best to answer all of the questions.

Until next time,

Derrick Wilson


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