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Thapelo Shika is originally from South Africa and now is a cadet at the New York Military Academy. His love and passion for basketball originally brought him to NYMA but his father also pushed him towards the campus because he wanted him to have a disciplined mind. As a player he learned to envision what he wanted to happen in the game and soon started applying that skill to the rest of his life. “Instead of asking my community to be better I asked myself to be better,” Thapelo said. "NYMA seemed like it could be the place where I could lose bad habits and gain new opportunities.” When he was offered a scholarship to NYMA, he jumped at the opportunity.
Since that time Thapelo has acquired discipline, perseverance, and has cultivated a love of learning. He is an outstanding student-athlete and has embraced his role as a leader. "The hard thing about basketball is that you have to keep going when you are tired or the opposition looks bigger and stronger," Thapelo says. This is the same perseverance against adversity that NYMA teaches throughout the day.
He cites other parallels between cadet leadership training and his basketball practice. "As a cadet leader, it is necessary to envision how to accomplish a task that officers have been assigned before asking the cadets to carry it out," Thapelo says. This is the same vision that Thapelo needs to implement a play on the court and help his team complete it - the two settings are complementary.
That is why the Superintendent's Scholarship for student-athletes exists because the practice of leadership, athletics and academics all complement each other to make a person of excellence. "It is a long way to come for school at such a young age but," Thapelo feels, "this is the right place to excel."
Thank you for taking the time to support the Superintendent's Scholarship for student-athletes. Your contribution will allow Thapelo and other students like him to continue their education. Join us in making a difference!
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