Onondaga Community College hosted it’s fifth annual Women’s Basketball Alumni Game on Saturday, February 9, at the Allyn Hall Gym. Close to 30 former players came back to lace ‘em up. The game always provides both friendly competition and a chance to catch up with old teammates.
One of the former players who returned to campus was Jill Wager, a 2016 grad, who is in her final semester at SUNY Cortland preparing to pursue a career in Occupational Therapy. This was her second OCC alumni game. “I talk to other players everyday through a group chat that we set up. We enjoy sharing memories about our time together here.”
While Wager has taken advantage of her proximity to the OCC campus it took another player 14 years to return. Chelsie Park is a native of Hawaii who came to New York more than a decade ago and lived with her aunt while she attended OCC in 2004 and 2005. Park majored in Humanities and is now a construction inspector in Hawaii. She couldn’t wait to return to Central New York. “Coach Wheeler, my teammates and the entire OCC family really had a great impact on me, and I learned so much as player and person during my time here that I couldn’t wait to come back – the fact that it’s snowing makes this trip complete.” Park coaches high school girls basketball. Much of what she learned as a Lazer is incorporated into her daily teachings on the basketball court.
These types of stories are what OCC Women’s Basketball Coach Mike Wheeler enjoys most when his former players return.“Seeing them come back and finishing up another degree or starting work or a family really means a lot to me. We preach ‘family’ here and knowing they are still in touch with one another or involved in the game from a coaching level makes me feel special that I was a small part of that success.”
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If you are a grad and would like to get involved with student career engagement opportunities at the College you can contact Russ Corbin, Assistant Director of Alumni Communications, at email@example.com