addresses Redbird student-athletes
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[MARCH 25, 2004]
Addressing a crowd of 525 people usually is not thought of as an
easy task, but former WNBA star Rebecca Lobo was certainly up to the
challenge. Lobo was the guest speaker at Redbird Arena on Wednesday
evening, speaking to Illinois State student-athletes and various
members of the community about how to overcome adversity.
Speaking with ease was the name of the
game for Lobo, as the former basketball standout incorporated humor
into her message. She talked about the importance of following your
dreams and "plowing through the roadblocks that get in the way of
"There are always things that set you
back on the way to victory," said Lobo. "But it is how you learn
from such things and improve from them that defines you as a person.
I believe it is so important to have a sense of humor to pull you
Also included in Loboís address was the
topic of having great role models who can guide a person to
excellence. Lobo touched on how important is has been in her life to
find people that she is able to look up to and admire.
"I have had some really great things
happen to me because of basketball," Lobo said. "But none of it
would have happened had I not had great people in my life who taught
me to overcome obstacles and persevere."
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Illinois State womenís golfer Katie
Laehn was impressed by Loboís positive message.
"I thought that the message that she
was trying to convey was uplifting," said Laehn. "I know as
student-athletes we have all had some sort of adversity that we have
had to overcome. It was really an inspiration to hear her story of
how she has dealt with problems and has been able to succeed in
spite of them."
Fellow student-athlete Micah Kirstein,
a Redbird menís basketball player, echoed the inspiring sentiments
of Loboís address.
"She had a
great story, teaching us how to never give up," Kirstein said.
"Rebecca obviously loves the game of basketball and has found ways
to overcome adversity to continue playing the sport she enjoys. We
are all faced with injuries and other problems as athletes, so it
was really great to hear her success story."
State University news release]