This Friday, a really meaningful event to me will be taking place in the gym at Sunset High School. Dozens of my peers, their parents, and other acquaintances will be gathering on the bleachers to cheer on the boys basketball team. Then again, next Tuesday to support the girls team. But this isn’t just any old basketball game supporting cancer research to me.
Last year I had the pleasure of being the Cram The Stands ambassador for my school. Plain and simple, it was awesome. I loved the posters, the shirt design, and the video with the student section cheering “We love Nathalie” never fails to bring a smile to my face. But after everything had already happened, something still nagged at me. I hadn’t been able to be a part of some major events that went along with being the ambassador. I had been feeling lousy on the days spent at Nike deciding the T-shirt design, and also had to miss the boys game because of a prior commitment to another charity event. Anyway, I felt that I had missed out on some awesome opportunities, so I was slightly discouraged about not being able to take part in those things.
So you can imagine my surprise and joy when the leadership committee at my school asked me to resume the role of ambassador for Cram The Stands. Since the game raises money for Doernbecher Children’s Hospital (where I often get treatment) and sarcoma research, I am extra passionate about this charity opportunity. Honestly, I wanted to be involved in any way I could. I absolutely loved having a say in what this year’s shirts looked like, and providing inspiration for the actual design. Not to mention the little tingle of excitement I felt going to the Nike headquarters and passing by the mannequins of famous, well known athletes. I can honestly say I’ve enjoyed every aspect of the job, from filming an interview to greeting everyone at an assembly.
This second year of being ambassador means so much to me, because I’ve been able to participate fully. I’ve been feeling strong enough to attend school everyday, on a regular basis this year. I’m kicking ASPS with everything I’ve got, and it’s definitely been awesome. This year I’ve already attended the benefit for Angel Hair (an amazing organization that provides high quality wigs or extensions to children who lose their hair because of an illness). So I’m gearing up to make an appearance at both basketball games, one of my favorite sports to watch. I have certainly got lots of practice with going to Trail Blazer games at the Moda Center with my dad. I can’t wait to see everyone at the games for a cause that is so close to my heart. Let’s kick some ASPS! In the words of Jay-Z, “Don’t call it a comeback. I never left.”