March 1, 2001
BERKELEY - California women's basketball's Genevieve Swedor is one of seven Golden Bear seniors playing their final Pac-10 home games this week at Haas Pavilion. She has played in 20 games this year and is averaging 3.6 ppg and 2.7 rpg in 13.5 minutes per contest.
For many college players, basketball brings opportunities that would have never presented themselves if they had not played the game. For those people, basketball represents something more than just a sport , it takes a special value. I am one of those people.
Effectively, if I had not played basketball and had the opportunity to come to this country, I would probably not have come to this continent yet. Many young people in Europe dream about the USA because they perceive it through the films, music, and so on as being so very cool. Those among the dreamers who make it to this country usually come as tourists, or as an au pair for the girls. I feel extremely fortunate that I had the opportunity from Switzerland to now play basketball at the University of California at Berkeley. I am aware that I was very lucky that Cal showed interest in me because if I had not been able to go to a strong academic university after my junior college years, I would have rather gone back home and started school all over in Switzerland.
It is important to be aware of how lucky one is in life for one reason or another. Yet, what is even more important, in my opinion, is to keep in mind when things are tough and not going the way you want, it is important not to give up. The adversity I was faced with last year makes the fun I am having this year more special.