Feature Athlete: Nick Cooper

Despite being cut from the Galileo boy’s basketball team multiple times, senior Nick C’s love for the game compelled him to never give up on his dream of making the varsity team. In the end though, as a senior Cooper was ultimately able to grab a spot in the varsity lineup.

Nick only started playing basketball as a 9th grader, and tried out for the Galileo boys team, but did not make the frosh-soph team that year. He states, “I was disappointed in myself, but it was fine, I just kept playing on, and [not making the team] it is part of the reason that I had more drive to play.” His sophomore year, Nick made the team. He believes he made the team by practicing more often, which gave him “more experience.” However, during his Junior year Nick took a shot at making the varsity team, but was cut again. He did not give up though and worked even harder, playing on the Galileo summer basketball team. This year, Nick finally fulfilled his dream & earned a spot on the varsity lineup.

Not only was Nick able to fulfill his dream of making the varsity team this year, he also played in a number of meaningful games for the team. He says, “Basketball more fun this year, especially because I got to play more.”

What inspired Nick to persist in playing basketball at Galileo is simply a love for the game. He says, “It’s my favorite sport and I just wanted to play it in high school.” Additionally, Nick loves to play basketball for the taste of success, saying, “I play basketball to help win a lot of games.”

Overcoming these difficulties has helped Nick gain the respect of his Galileo basketball teammates and coaches. Senior Donovan H. states, “Nick travels sometimes but he is really aggressive on the court, and he is a fierce player to have on the team.” Another senior starter Joshua Lizardo stated, “he is a good teammate and he always has something positive to say.”

Coach Lee also says, “I give Nick a lot of credit for the perseverance he showed throughout his years, I think it was well deserved that he made the team and played more meaningful minutes for the team this year because he was one of the hardest working players day in day out.”

Aside from being a basketball player, Cooper is also a really good student, maintaining a GPA of 3.98. He talked about balancing things in life, he says “I do my homework before I do anything else when I get home, and I hang out with my friends on the weekends.”

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