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“Class dismissed. Bring your requirements tomorrow, okay?”
“Yes, Ma’am,” sagot naming lahat.

After three classes, tapos na rin sa wakas ang araw ko. Makakalibot na ako sa campus at makikita ko na rin ang sports club dito. However, I only want 
that club.
Pumunta agad ako sa Gymnasium at dumiretso sa faculty room para hanapin ang adviser at coach ng team. Pagpasok ko roon ay ang daming estudyante rin ang nagtatanong tungkol sa iba’t ibang sports team. It’s not that surprising since this school is known for having strong teams when it comes to different kinds of sports. But they are especially known because of the volleyball and tennis teams. Last year, both teams got the championship and this year, there are rumors that they have stronger line-up than the previous members.

“Excuse me,” sabi ko sa isang prof na nakasalubong ko. “May I know who’s the adviser of the basketball team?”

Pagkasabi ko no’n ay napatingin sa direksyon ko ang mga nakarinig at para bang may mali sa sinabi ko.

“Uhm, wala nang basketball team ang Orven University,” sabi niya at tinitigan ko lang siya. “They got disbanded last year because almost all the members quit.”

His statement was followed by an awkward silence and those who heard our conversation gave uncomfortable expressions.

“I know that,” sabi ko at nagulat ang prof dahil doon.
“Then why are you . . .”
“I’m here to re-establish the basketball team.”
“Wha—”
“So, can you please tell me who’s in charge of the basketball team before, Sir?”

He looked so surprised after what I said, and I even heard some students talking about how crazy my idea is, but I don’t care. I only have one goal.
Tinuro naman niya agad sa akin ang cubicle ng dating adviser kaya agad akong pumunta roon.

“Good afternoon, Sir,” bati ko at tumingin sa akin ang isang middle-aged man na halatang nagulat sa akin.
“Yes? Anong kailangan mo?”
“I need a registration form and a recommendation from the previous adviser to get the basketball club back.”

Gaya ng prof na nakasalubong ko kanina ay nagulat din siya sa sinabi ko. Ilang segundo pa akong naghintay bago siya magsalita pero imbes na sagutin ako ay humila siya ng isang upuan at pinaupo niya ako sa harapan niya.

“Are you serious? The basketball team is already disbanded.”
“I wouldn’t be here if I am not serious, Sir.” Tinignan ko siya nang seryoso dahil sa sinabi niya. Ano pang ginagawa ko rito kung sa tingin niya ay hindi ako seryoso sa sinabi ko?
“Miss, it’s not that easy. The basketball team of this university is known for being weak, that’s why nobody wants to enter the team. Last year, the remaining members were only the seniors and after losing their first game, they retired and their underclassmen decided to quit.”

Yeah. I heard about that incident before I chose this university. Orven was once famous for being one of the elite basketball teams two decades ago. They had a set of outstanding players who led their team to the top. But after that era, the team’s ability declined steadily until they disappear from the elite circle. And last year, they hit rock bottom. The team was disbanded and nobody decided to stay.

“Isa pa, wala na rito ang coach ng basketball team. Wala na ring players. Wala ring silbi kung mag-apply ka bilang manager.”

Napataas naman ang kilay ko sa sinabi niya.

“Who said I am going to apply as the manager?”
“H-ha? Pero babae ka . . .” This time, napakunot na ang noo ko.
“That’s a sexist statement, Sir. Ano ngayon kung babae ako? My ability isn’t measured by my gender.”
“Then what exactly are you applying for? Don’t tell me . . .”

I entered this school because of its current situation. One more thing, I promised 
them that I will show my abilities in basketball. Sa katunayan, bago ako pumasok dito ay naghanap na ako ng players na pwede kong makuha. Hindi nga ako makapaniwala na dito pumasok ang iba. Thinking about forming a team with them and leading them to games makes me excited.
Tumayo ako sa harapan niya at agad na pinakilala ang sarili ko.

“I’m Servienne Nasha Gomez and I want to be the coach of the new basketball team,” I announced and even though he already had an idea, he was still surprised by what I’ve said.

I only have one goal, and that is to revive the former glory of this school. Just like what my father did twenty years ago.



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