Storytelling Day 2

Photojournalists of the Day: Aarti, Sunita, Jolina, Sandhya, and Smartdini (India)

 Today we did many things like sharing our story with group of people with different country. We have to tell about sport how have impacted in my life and leadership. We have to discuss about our story with our team and everyone have to say their story and we have to give feedback for everyone. I told my story to everyone and I like story telling. My best moment was giving the speech in front of so many people.

 We had game also.  This game I really like because this game shows unity which I show and did. I learnt that team work is very important to get success in your goal. Teamwork makes a hard task into easy task because everyone gives efforts to do the task. Helping each other is sportsman spirit.

My favourite activity was team building activity because it was about communication and working together in all sports. We are come here to learn from different countries and we should do that in team. I learnt something new which is to forget scary things which confines us from mixing with others. Confidence is important tor because it helps me to succeed in my life and build my leadership skills.

Storytelling Day 1

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Photojournalists of the Day: Elene R., Mariam T., Natela T. (Georgia)

Today was had training in the development of leadership skills. Then we looked at semi-final USA vs. ENGLAND, in the evening we played football. My favourite moment was when we watched semi-final with everyone because of all the emotions that we had during the match and when we played football because football is my life. We learned leadership features. This is so important because this is a camp, and we try to learn everything well and develop. I discovered many things about leadership and teamwork. I learn that leadership is more than just a skill. I learn how to make a good speech and as a storyteller I grow up. I always had a troubles with storytelling and this workshop helped me to improve my skills. All good leaders need to be good storytellers.

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The Future of Wheelchair Basketball

Photojournalist of the Day: Saowalak N. (Thailand)

Hello! My name is Saowalak but my nickname is ‘Mook’. Today is the final day of camp and I have learned so much about wheelchair basketball here in Illinois. I learned new skills, especially in the shooting position, and the importance of teamwork.

The camp also gave me new friends from other countries! Today was a very good day playing wheelchair basketball with my teammates. I’m also glad I was able to score for our team!

I hope that in future I can help my team grow and teach the new generation of wheelchair basketball athletes in Thailand. Thank you for this opportunity!

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The Sports Visitor Program entitled, "Youth Wheelchair Basketball, Disability Rights, and Inclusion", brings 14 participants from Kazakhstan and Thailand to the U.S. for a fast-paced short-term sports cultural exchange.

Team-building and new lessons

Photojournalists of the Day: Leona A., Sara I., Karla K., Melani M., and Mara S. (Croatia)

Today, we have visited Adventure Tree2Tree park, and we did lot of activities there. We had unforgettable moments there!  It was really fun and educating. We had two parts of it. The first one was team building. It was very challenging, and we had to work together to finish our tasks.  The second part of our program was the actual adventure park. We climbed the trees and had ziplines and ropes to go from one to the other tree. My favourite moment was zipline, because I was little bit scared and I figured it out that zipline is really great. It was challenging and I think lot of us defeated out fears. We laughed throughout the whole course and it was great.

 

Every one of us was part of one team and all of us need to take the same responsibility to achieve team goaI. I have learned a lot of things, but most important one for me was team work. Without team support everything is more difficult. For example now we know that one person alone can't do a lot but if you help each other and work together we can do everything. We learned how much communication and focus is important. It is interesting how much we can learn just in one game and in general in sports. I also learned that you can make goals by yourself, but it's a lot easier when you have someone to help you and you work as a team. I'm very honored to be a part of an amazing program.

Building from the Basics

Photojournalist of the Day: Kairat T. (Kazakhstan)

Similar to the previous days, our third day at the wheelchair basketball camp brought tons of information.

We have been discussing different aspects of training during the coaches clinics. During today’s session, we examined best practices on facilitating teamwork by watching and analyzing videos of wheelchair basketball games at the Paralympics. We also gained insight on how sports wheelchairs are measured to fit each player’s specific needs.

The youth athletes (also know as ‘campers’) have been learning a bit more complex techniques which they have been building up to since the first camp session. These new techniques include screen-and-roll and triple switch, which they have been practicing during the game play as well as other basics they learned over the last few days.

The day was long but full of useful and practical information and knowledge!

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The Sports Visitor Program entitled, "Youth Wheelchair Basketball, Disability Rights, and Inclusion", brings 14 participants from Kazakhstan and Thailand to the U.S. for a fast-paced short-term sports cultural exchange.

From the Trainers of Trainers

Photojournalist of the Day: Pittaya P. (Thailand)

Yesterday we transitioned from Chicago to the University of Illinois so today was our first full day of camp. Everything has been good so far from the accommodations to the cafeteria and the gymnasium. The training been excellent including the content and all relevant staff. The team leading the coaching clinic are the “trainers of trainers” and have been very helpful and supportive throughout the camp.

I have been quite impressed and I hope to be able to reap as much knowledge as possible to apply to the development of the sport especially through my role with the national wheelchair basketball team of Thailand.

Finally, I would like to thank all the staff and related people on this program, and hope that this beneficial experience will happen again for future Sports Visitor groups.


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The Sports Visitor Program entitled, "Youth Wheelchair Basketball, Disability Rights, and Inclusion", brings 14 participants from Kazakhstan and Thailand to the U.S. for a fast-paced short-term sports cultural exchange.