There’s still no I in team

There’s still no I in team

Staff Writer

Leadership is an attribute only a few people have. What defines a leader? Is it the mindset or the determination to achieve the goal that each person has set for themselves and the others around them? In most instances, leadership can be found on just about every sports team. A successful team doesn’t win because of one person. Without the chemistry and willingness of the players to contribute, a team will never be successful.

How does one determine who is a leader though? Each sport has a position that normally has the leadership role. In basketball, the leader is most likely the point guard. In football, the leader is most likely the quarterback. In soccer, the leader is most likely a striker. Regardless of the sport, these leaders all share one goal and that is to win games through determination, ambition, and vision.

Determination is a key quality that a leader should possess. Even in the darkest of times, the leader of a team should have an optimistic mindset. They should never let their teammates give up. This person knows what to say and what to do to get their teammates back in the game and ready to achieve the goal.

Ambition is also something a leader must have. The desire and passion to win is what drives determination. At the end of the day, sports are all about winning. A leader will get other players involved, it doesn’t matter what sport it is, to achieve the ultimate goal.

Vision is crucial for a leader to have so their team can succeed. Setting your eyes on the prize is something that is necessary. Goals must be set and the leader is one that makes sure the team achieves them. There is no “I” in team, but there are individuals that make a big difference within them.

The biggest names in sports are usually the leaders of their team. LeBron James is the perfect definition of a leader with basketball. He can score, get his teammates open looks, and also get everyone involved no matter what their role is on the team.

Quarterback Tom Brady is an amazing leader also. He has the vision to make amazing passes and he doesn’t just target one specific individual. He uses his vision and gets whoever is open involved.

In soccer, Lionel Messi is the perfect example of a leader. There is nothing that guy can’t do for his team. He scores, gets the ball around the field, and provides the best support for his teammates.

There is no I in team, but there is a person who dictates the tempo of the game. Every sport has the person that makes the biggest difference. This doesn’t mean the other teammates aren’t special or gifted. Every player needs to contribute for a team to have ultimate success. In that group of players, they need one person to lean on. An empire must have a leader, but an empire also needs contributions from everyone to stay mighty.

Success! Super Six

Success! Super Six

From the President’s monthly column originally published March, 2015 in The Daily Journal.

Success at Cumberland County College can be measured in many ways. Not only do victories take place each day in the college’s classrooms, but also through the strength of character that is built as a result of participation in CCC’s various clubs, student leadership, service activities and athletics.

Last year, Cumberland County College’s baseball team claimed their first regional championship. The Dukes’ impressive record season earned the team a trip to Tyler, Texas where they competed in the 2014 World Series as the No. 1 ranked team in the country.

Just days before starting the 2015 baseball season, the team’s coach, Keith Gorman, was named a regional Coach of the Year by the National Junior College Athletic Association.

Now, I am proud to say that Cumberland County College will be back in the national spotlight once again. CCC’s women’s basketball team recently captured its first Region 19 Conference Championship. Up next is a trip to the national championship tournament.

The coach of CCC women’s basketball, James Boney, has a number of reasons to be proud of this team and the way his players have battled adversity. Six reasons in fact. You see, this year’s squad is made up of just six players. Coach Boney usually has nearly twice that number of players on the roster.

“The way this team has worked together has been more rewarding than anything,” says Boney. “The model was, we were not going to make any excuses. So we prepared to play with six and win with six.”

Jovan Childers, Sahara Lopez, Jasmine Miro, Caroline Santiago, Tamyra Smith and Iesha Watson — affectionately named The Super Six –- will travel to Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, PA on Wednesday to compete in the 2015 NJCAA National Championships.

Boasting a 22-1 regular season record, these women athletes have remained focused on their goal to be the best. The lessons of resolve, creativity, teamwork and perseverance that have been learned on the basketball court will prove to be valuable skills, and will serve the young women well in future endeavors.

It occurred to me that the strategies behind the Dukes women’s basketball team winning season are much like those that are effective when working toward an educational goal: Eliminate excuses. Set goals that will motivate you to be your best. Find creative solutions. Remain diligent. Never give up on your dreams and never stop learning.

Many of our students must battle adversity, but against all odds, they have proven victorious. Time and time again, I have seen that our students make great things happen. Their many successes are a testimony to their drive and determination. It’s the reason why Cumberland County College is a gem within the county.

Phi Theta Kappa’s C4 Initiative

Staff Writers

Sarah and Michael Galzerano hold up the C4 Student-signed banner.

Sarah and Michael Galzerano hold up the C4 Student-signed banner.

Promises to yourself are undoubtedly the most important promises. You have given yourself an obligation that can reignite your determination for success. About six years ago, President Obama recognized that the national average for graduation rates at community colleges was decreasing, and he began the C4 (Community College Completion Corps) Campaign. Cumberland County College President, Dr. Isekenegbe, joined this campaign two years ago. Once a year, CCC’s Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) sets up tables around campus, and holds an event with guest speakers, to ask students to commit themselves to their graduation.

Five hundred students signed last year, but this year the goal is 1,000 signatures. Between 700 and 800 signatures have already been collected, and PTK and administrators are eager to reach their goal. Sharon Kewish, CCC English professor and PTK advisor, spoke about former students when she commented, “…they knew [college] was important, but they didn’t think about how they’re making a commitment to themselves, not to us, not to anybody else. They’re committed to themselves.”

Students that drop out of college could be facing financial, family, health, or academic issues. It could be a decision between going to work and going to class. A family member may need copious amounts of support, or a student’s health may not allow that student to attend class anymore. Some students have the ability to graduate, but they are struggling academically. CCC has resources such as Project Assist, EOF, tutoring, mentoring, and scholarships, but it isn’t always that simple. Sometimes students have to drop out, but it is imperative for those students to remember that they can always come back.

Kewish said, “It might be one year later, it could be four or five years later, but I’m always glad to see them come back.” Cumberland County College’s C4 Initiative is designed for students to make a commitment to themselves that they will graduate. There is no time constraint; students don’t have to graduate in two consecutive years. The promise that students are making are meant to drive them towards the future they want, despite how long it takes.

According to C4 Campaign and PTK, more than 3 million jobs are unfilled in the United States, because students are not obtaining the education or credentials needed. These jobs provide livable wages and yet they are unfilled. A college degree can close the gap between a student’s desired job and their current employment situation.

CCC Board of Trustees Chairman Keith Figgs expressed the importance of this pledge on Thursday, Oct. 30, at CCC’s C4 Initiative assembly. He said, “You’re still going to be wondering, ‘Am I going to get through these exams? Am I going to get through all these papers? Am I going to get through all of the course requirements?’ The answer is yes because you are committed.”

Your commitment is not only to graduation; it’s to your future. Some students are unsure of what they want to do after graduation or what they want to do with their degrees. Kewish said, “I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it [her degree]. I wasn’t sure I wanted to teach, but I knew literature was going to be my focus.” Kewish had switched majors four times in her first two years of college, but she graduated with a degree in an area she loved, even though she was unsure how she would use the degree.

Student Social Service major, and PTK chapter president, Chelsea Charlesworth, was asked why she thinks it’s important to graduate. She said, “I think college completion is important because when you’re in college you are actually getting educated, you’re not just receiving a piece of paper with your name on it, saying you have a degree in this or that. You’re also learning a lot about yourself, which is important too.”

The C4 Initiative is not a promise to know what you want to do with your degree or your life. It’s a promise that you will graduate. A student’s signature on a C4 form represents their determination, dedication and desire to graduate.