Monday, June 3, 2013

Diary of a Baller: Azar “A.Z.” Swain, Boston, MA (Entry#12) The Final Chapter

Azar Swain AKA A.Z

 What Up Diary, Today is Monday and I came back from New Jersey today, but I didn’t go to my house. Instead, I went straight to my friend’s house in Winthrop. A bunch of my friends and I had a plan to spend the day over his house and sleep over there before leaving for DC with our school on Tuesday morning. I had a lot of fun today with the boys. It was good to be able to kick back and just relax and have fun. Over the next three days, it is going to be sad to have to leave my family and home for 3 days, so I am going to have to make my time in DC worth the trip. I have heard a lot of former 8th graders talk about DC and how it is a great time. I really hope that my friends and I can make it a fun time. When we leave DC, it will be the last time I see all of my friends. This 2012-2013 year has been the best year of my life, both in athletics and school. I am going to miss them a lot. Later Diary. 

What Up Diary, From Tuesday until Thursday I was in DC and it was the best time I have ever had with my classmates and friends. I am going to take you on a journey from the morning I got on the plane to DC to the time my dad picked me up when I came back. Tuesday started off with waking up early around 6:30AM after sleeping over my friend’s house. Around 7 o’clock, we got to the airport. At 8:45AM our flight took off and we were on our way to DC. We landed in DC around 10, and this is where my 3-day journey away from home began. Tuesday felt like it lasted forever, but I did enjoy it. That night, we were scheduled to go to the Nationals vs. Orioles game that was being played in DC. It was on rain delay for about an hour due to a terrible rainstorm. When the game finally started, everyone was in a good mood from there on out. I spent a lot of the time sitting and socializing with my close friends that night. When we got back to the hotel, I was absolutely exhausted and ended up knocking out within 30 minutes of getting to the hotel. I knew from this day on, that this trip was going to be a good one. 

On Wednesday, the alarm went off around 7, and we had to be downstairs by 8 for breakfast. Yesterday was a hot and humid day, and the news said that today was supposed to be even hotter than yesterday. I knew it was going to be a long day ahead of me. My dad really took a turn for the better. I really am going to miss them over the Summer. Over this year, they have grown to be very important to me. Anyways, I took a bunch of pictures and had the time of my life. I would have to say that throughout today, while I was at the museums and with my friends, all of my stress from such a humid day was released. It was a great day. Thursday was my last day in DC. 3 months is a long time to be away from people that have grown to be important to me. 

Today, we finished up our final tours of DC. Our flight left Maryland at 5:15PM. Around 7, our flight landed safely in Boston at Logan Airport. I was happy to be back in Boston. A couple of kids and I took the bus back to Rivers. We got to Rivers around 8PM, and I was so happy to see my dad. It felt like I had been away from him for a month. The relationship I have with my dad is something special that not a lot of kids have with their dads. It was hard saying goodbye knowing that one of my closest friends (Cameron Cox) isn’t coming back to Rivers next year. I am going to miss Cam. Despite that, I felt refreshed and better than ever to be back home. I missed my city. Rivers and the kids at Rivers have changed my life in so many ways and although it is tough to be leaving them, I will probably see some of them at parties over the summer. That was my experience in DC, and for one last time, I loved it. 

What Up Diary, This is it. This is the conclusion to my entire BBallSpotlight experience. Participating in Basketball Spotlight tournaments has been the most memorable part of my basketball career so far. I am going to miss the “Spotlight Experience” and all the intensity that is brought to every game down in NJ. I just want to say that I am so grateful and thankful for the opportunity to play in the Spotlight games that I have played in. Also, I am very grateful to have had the chance to meet the people I met over the course of my 5-year BBallSpotlight career. I know that I probably should be upset, but I’m going to carry this whole experience with me throughout my life. Basketball Spotlight showed and taught me that I need to elevate my game if I want to make it to the next level. Their tournaments and games have taught me how to be tough in basketball and in life. Instead of being sad, I am just going to move on applying this quote to my Experience with Basketball Spotlight. “Don’t be sad because it’s over. Be happy because it happened. Remember I’m not that big or that fast but I’m pretty smart and I’m a very hard worker. Thank You Basketball Spotlight, thank you all of my believers, thank you all of the people who were with me from Day 1, and thank you doubters for turning me into the player and person I am today. For one last time… Peace Diary, I wish you the best.