Change The World, Don't Let It Change You
My Name is DaVonte Lacy, I am an alumni of Washington State University and fortunate enough to continue my career playing basketball professionally in Europe. Having been here for a little over 3 months, I would be lying if I said this transition was easy. The village I am playing for is in the far southeast corner of Austria with the population of 3500. Güssing is the name the place I live and we're about 30 min. from the Slovenian border, also 30 min from the closest McDonald’s smh. Although I've been to college, this is a whole new experience for me.
I played at WSU for 4 years, but this is the longest I've been away from my family. When I say my family, I’m not only talking about my immediate blood relatives but also those I consider family. At WSU, it wasn’t that hard because even before I reached campus Marcus Capers took me under his wing and then Reggie followed. I would ultimately meet a handful others that I would consider my family. I bring this up because over here I am in my little apartment, by myself 18 hours of the day and I realized I took for granted what I had in my family and what it was like having a true support system by my side. Yeah, all my family members keep in touch through text, Twitter, FaceTime, and other social media outlets, but the presence of another human that generally cares about your well being and is looking out for what’s best for you is missed. But with all that being said I do believe this is my purpose to be here.
To me, SkyBlue is ultimately finding your purpose in life, putting all your heart and desire behind it, and meeting and connecting with people with the same intensity and fire for their passion. In doing all these things I believe that if you meet these people and spread the idea of Peace, Love, and Happiness then in return you will find these things in your own life. While times may be hard for me over here, if I keep what my personal view of what I believe SkyBlue is, then this experience will be another opportunity that I can look back and say it was worth it…