Basketball is more than just a sport. It’s a space to learn, grow, and collaborate. Jayden Hurtado, a player on the La Villita basketball team, has been reflecting on what this sport means to him. Even with COVID-19’s restrictions, disorganization, and uncertainties, Jayden had the discipline and drive to continuously improve his skills on and off the court. “I have noticed progress each time I play, good or bad I take something away from each game,” said Jayden.

When asked about his favorite moments on the court he said ”building bonds with new people and getting a chance to play basketball. It’s honestly great meeting new players and coaches because everyone has one thing in common which is the love for the sport, and that’s the bigger picture.” Basketball brings people together. It reminds us to work together, have fun, and strive for more.