Despite this virtual support, Theresa Grace said it is difficult to get through the hard workouts without the enthusiasm and camaraderie provided by working out with her teammates. Luckily, she does not always have to work out alone. She is once again living with Justin and the brother who inspired her to play basketball in the first place is now helping her prepare for her junior season. The coaching staff told Theresa Grace that her top priority should be playing one-on-one vs. her 6-foot-5 brother. Standing at an even 6-foot, Theresa Grace said that playing against Justin is helping her get stronger, quicker and more coordinated.
The team and coaching staff have a weekly Zoom meeting to stay connected. Although there is plenty of work to discuss, they still manage to have fun, Theresa Grace said. Each week, a different class is responsible for planning a fun activity. A few weeks ago, the juniors led charades, providing a bit of levity. On Fridays, the teammates have a social Zoom call where they can goof off and just be friends. These calls are themed – one week they all wore jerseys and on another they dressed as would-be attendees of the Kentucky Derby.