Basketball shapes Lucarelli’s life

April 7, 2022

Katie Lucarelli stands on the basketball court during an away game.

Photo courtesy Katie Lucarelli

Katie Lucarelli stands on the basketball court during an away game.

Basketball has consumed a lot of sophomore Katie Lucarelli’s time and she is thankful to have met some of her best friends because of it.

She explained how she is thankful for how much time basketball consumes in her life.

“I would be bored and out of shape without it,” Lucarelli said.

Since she was 2 years old, Lucarelli has had the opportunity to play basketball. She said she began playing basketball because her parents and older sisters also played. She also finds the sport very fun and entertaining to play and watch.

She currently plays on the high school team and for the Bruins AAU travel team. She said it feels good to be able to play sports as a female and have the same chance as males.

“We have an opportunity to prove what we can do,” Lucarelli said.

Some of her favorite memories include “seeing the smiles on my parents’ faces in the stands,” Lucarelli said. She also loves seeing her teammates succeed.

Lucarelli has gained life lessons from playing her sport. 

“Basketball has enhanced my leadership both on and off the court, which benefits how I address others,” Lucarelli said.

She has also been introduced to new ways of time management through balancing her basketball life with her school and personal life.

“I’ve found that you have to prioritize more of what will get you successful in the long run, and then have fun in the rest of the given downtime,” Lucarelli said. 

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