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The loss to Iowa in the second round of the NIT was a heartbreaking end to the best season in the history of Stony Brook University’s basketball program. As a longtime season ticket holder, I have been amazed to watch the basketball team climb from being the perennial underdog to three time league champion. Keep in mind that when Stony Brook moved to Division I, they were ranked last among more than 300 colleges which prompted some creative students to make posters that said ”nowhere to go but up!”
Sure, I was disappointed that the Seawolves lost a close game to Iowa, but not demoralized in any way, shape or form. The Iowa team played an incredible game on their home court in front of fifteen thousand supportive fans, but Stony Brook stayed strong and consistently came back from adversity until time ran out.
However, even more important to me as an alumnus of Stony Brook University and a Long Islander, is that the coaches, staff and especially the student athletes on the basketball team are outstanding ambassadors for the University. Win or lose they keep their composure, shake hands with their opponents and prepare for their next academic and athletic challenge.
Intercollegiate sports are an important part of the complete college experience. According to Arne Duncan, the United States Secretary of Education, “Student athletes learn lessons on courts and playing fields that are difficult to pick up in a chemistry lab. Resilience in the face of adversity, selflessness, teamwork, self-discipline, and finding your passion are values that sports can uniquely transmit. Many of those character-building traits are every bit as critical to succeeding in life as book smarts.”
Last year the Stony Brook baseball team “shocked the world” at the College World Series. However, if the Stony Brook basketball team plays in the NCAA Tournament next year, it won’t be a shock, but rather it will be expected. After all, as Coach Steve Pikiell said about his basketball team “You can see we’re going to be good in the future.” I can’t wait to renew my season tickets.
Tom Cassidy (1971) is a Clinical Associate Professor at the School of Social Welfare at Stony Brook University.
STONY BROOK, NY, March 5, 2013 – Growing up in a poverty-stricken village in South Africa, Lesego Andrew Goba, 27, never imagined that his journey to the United States and eight years at Stony Brook University — which began in 2005 with an athletic scholarship — would be life-altering. A former Stony Brook Seawolves Men’s Basketball star, the 6-foot-9-inch, 245-pound Goba hopes to reach new heights, not on the basketball court but at Stony Brook University Hospital, where he recently secured a full-time nursing position in the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP).
It is in CPEP that he reflects on the lessons of his early life to help those suffering from mental health disorders.
“The mental toughness and discipline I learned from my coaches helps me in nursing, and basketball taught me how to still function at an optimal level under stressful and exhausting situations,” said Goba, who said that being part of a healthcare team and working for the benefit of the patient is similar to being part of a basketball team striving toward winning a game.
For Goba, working in CPEP has taught him a lot about psychiatric nursing and the comprehensive services those patients need.
“I learned early on in life that when you do not have much and are faced with difficult challenges, the state of your mental health will determine the state of your quality of life; because, profoundly, how you perceive those challenges shapes your decisions, which eventually determines the experiences you have,” he said. “Every day I have the opportunity to assist people and enhance their quality of life by improving their mental health.”
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Image courtesy of Adam Peck ’11
In commanding fashion the Seawolves beat No. 18 Villanova 20-10 in the first round of the 2012 Division I Football Championship at LaValle Stadium. This win upped their record to 10-2, setting a new single-season record for wins!
Your Stony Brook team now heads west to face No. 2 Montana State on Saturday, December 1. Kickoff is 7 p.m. EST, 5 p.m. local time and can be watched on ESPN3. You could also join other Stony Brook fans at one of the Game Watch parties listed below.
Game Watch Info:
Stony Brook, NY
1095 Route 25A, Stony Brook, NY 11790
For reservations call (631) 675-1474
Connect with Stony Brook Alumni Association Board of Directors
New York, NY
366 West 46th street New York, NY 10036
For reservations “Stony Brook group” (212) 228-4200 x 7504 Paul Shapiro
Connect with Richie Richards ’07, Dan Monaco ’07, Francisco Colon ’98
1433 P Street Northwest Washington, DC 20005
Connect with Adam Peck ’11
Facebook Stony Brook Alumni worldwide and let us know if your local business or home is a game watch location and check-in during the game!
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Campaign launched to back Miguel Maysonet for Walter Payton Trophy
Seawolves running back on watch list for FCS Heisman equivalent.
Miguel Maysonet ’13 is a Health Science major from Riverhead, N.Y. Miguel became Stony Brook University and Big South conference all-time leading rusher in 2012.
The Stony Brook University Marching Band is no stranger to the Community of Awesome, and their halftime performance at the football game on Saturday was truly touching. Beginning on Thursday, Nov. 1st, the student leadership called each and every member of the band to check in on their families and let them know the show will go on – but it will be special. The band stood in solidarity with those struggling throughout New York and Long Island, making a giant heart on the field that stretched 50 yards during halftime. Stony Brook University stands tall with our community, and we will all get through this together.
Source: Stony Brook University Community of Awesome