Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Diary Of A Baller: Jordan Ghee (Totowa, NJ) Final Entry

Hello Spotlight Family! 

It’s Jordan Ghee and this is my final diary entry #8. I want to dedicate this last entry to Black History Month. 

2020 has been a difficult year for all Americans. I witnessed athletes stand up and use their voices for change. In 2016, Colin Kaepernick started a movement by taking a knee to protest the treatment of African Americans. In 2020, Lebron and many other athletes continued to be vocal about injustice following the death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and too many others who lost their lives. 

Athletes are often times told to just focus on sports. My family has taught me to be more than a basketball player. They encourage me to be a great student first. They want to make sure I look after others and of course ALSO be excellent at basketball. 

I want to use this last article to encourage other athletes to focus on more than their chosen sport. In my case, it just so happens to be basketball. All of us should work really hard to be an honor roll student. We should encourage one another to be aware of our surroundings and work to make the world a better place. 

Basketball not only provides us with a platform to grow and develop individually, it also affords us an opportunity to be an example for others. As I head into high school, I will make sure that I continue to set an example for those coming behind me, by working hard in school and on the court. 

I want to sincerely thank Mike Melton for this platform to highlight up and coming ballers to share their story. I plan on making the Basketball Spotlight community proud of my achievements on and off the court. 

In the next week, I will be making my decision about where I will attend high school. I can’t wait to share my decision with all of you. I still have a lot of work to do, but I am committed to the process and prepared for the journey. 

In the words of the greatest of all time, “If you do the work, you get rewarded. There are no shortcuts in life.” Michael Jordan 

Jordan Ghee 
Class of 2025