Nike Tournament Of Champions Research Paper

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Nike Tournament of Champions Seven hundred and fifty-two teams. Over eight hundred college coaches. Seventy-six basketball courts with one hundred and fifty-two teams competing simultaneously at any given time. More than ten thousand athletes and coaches from every state and Canadian province. This is the largest single venue basketball event in the world, and the largest in the history of men’s or women’s basketball. McCormick Place, the site of the tournament, is the largest convention center in North America and can hold up to eighteen thousand spectators. Chicago is the second tourist destination in the U.S. and one of the top tourist destinations in the world. The time had finally come after waiting all summer long, which felt …show more content…

We reminded each other that we needed to just have fun and relax on the court. The nerves kicked in for me once we arrived at McCormick Place. My stomach was twisting and my legs went weak. Tall escalators carried us up to the level that the courts were on. We were welcomed by a sign that said, “Welcome to the 2017 Nike Tournament of Champions.” I was shocked walking through the large doors that led to the courts. All I could see were courts upon courts. It felt like we walked forever to get to our court. As I was lacing up my shoes, all I could think about was all of the hard and long practices that had led up to this. I didn’t work hard for nothing. I realized that I was only a freshman and still had a long ways to go. Most of the nerves came out after the first game. We played three games that day with college coaches watching all of them. The lumps were in my throat and it felt like my heart sank to my stomach. I have never had college coaches watching games that I was playing in. After each game I reflected back on how I played and told myself what I needed to work on and do better at. I have never played against girls that were so good at basketball. Some of the teams had tall girls that hovered over all of us. Not all of the games went as we had planned, but we played well as a team. Playing summer basketball has taught me a lot on and off of the court. I now have a different view on

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