Introducing: Star Athlete, RJ Acuna
For senior RJ Acuna, basketball isn’t just a sport, but rather a way of life.
“I have been playing basketball since I was four years old,” Acuna said. “Growing up, I got to watch my two older brothers play for Seguin High School and watching them made me even more excited for when my time would come. Playing basketball for the high school is a surreal experience for me because I get to represent the town of Seguin by doing something I love.”
Basketball may just be a way for some people to let out a little anger and kill some time, but for RJ, it has been a way for him to meet new people as well as make memories along the way.
“My favorite part of basketball is being able to connect with so many people,” Acuna said. “It has been a huge part of my entire life because not only does it create so many memories but it also teaches me many life lessons about life by helping helping me understand the value of hard work.”
Acuna believes that this sport teaches life lessons that he will use after high school. It teaches him the importance of self-discipline and the value of hard work.
“The lessons I have learned from basketball will help me excel in life in the future,” Acuna said. “Basketball has brought me many ups and downs, as life would, but I’ve learned that no matter what life throws at you, you just have to shake it off and keep on striving for excellence. But in order to obtain excellence, you must work hard to be where you want to be. I believe through any sport, not only basketball, you can learn this lesson quickly and apply it to life.”
When it comes to his future, basketball will be a major part of it. Acuna hopes to go into college and later on become a coach.
“My dream has always been to play basketball at the next level,” Acuna said. “When I am finished with college, I want to be a basketball coach and gaining experience from college basketball would be a great way for me to gather more knowledge and make even more memories. My teammates and coaches have contributed a lot to my dreams of being a coach. The relationships built with teammates and coaches throughout a season are ones that last a lifetime, and being able to impact other kids’ lives when I am older would be a blessing.”
RJ and his teammates have high expectations for this year. He believes that this year’s team may be one of the best to come through Seguin High School in a while due to their chemistry. Not only would they like to make it to playoffs as a first or second seed, but also would like to make it all the way to state.