Basketball is her life
"The first thing is, you have to put in the hard work in anything you do, especially basketball because the sport is very physical. "
Kumi Tamura, 13, basketball
How old are you & what sports do you play?
I am 13 years old and play basketball.
What has basketball taught you that you think you'll use later in life?
Basketball has taught me how to work under pressure and to learn from each game whether you win or lose.
How do you feel when you accomplish something you never have before when playing on the court?
I feel proud and excited knowing i will be able to do that move or shot again in the next game.
What advice would you give to your 5-year-old self?
I would tell my 5-year-old self to keep working to get better and to prove all the haters wrong.
What are the top 3 things you have to be to succeed in your sport?
The first thing is, you have to put in the hard work in anything you do, especially basketball because the sport is very physical.
The second thing is that you have to be physically and mentally tough, because you have to be tough enough to take the contact while going up for a shot and mentally you have to be able to take the heat and criticism, to have a thick skin. Lastly, you have to have the will to push yourself to be the best. You have to want it more than everyone else.
Anything else you want to tell us about basketball?
I prefer to play the style that boys play because it's more exciting, faster, flashy, and entertaining.
What's the latest thing you've accomplished?
I was accepted to Marlborough School, one of the top schools in the nation with a scholarship.
What are your goals for this summer?
My goal for this summer is to get stronger physically since I'm always going to be one of the smallest girls on the court.