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Faces Off the Field: Elise Foradory, senior point guard, Bowie

Why is Bowie basketball good year after year?

Because of the standard set the year before. Younger girls see the varsity girls’ skills on and off the court and strive to keep Bowie’s reputation high. I also believe that the varsity girls push their younger teammates in ways that a coach or parent cannot.

Tell me about the first time you played organized basketball.

I first started playing basketball when I was in the second grade. What I remember the most is being very timid on the court, and my dad would talk to me after every game because of the potential he saw in me.

What has been your favorite basketball memory at Bowie?

One of my most memorable times was during our Be-YOU-Tiful tournament. I was a junior at the time, and this was my first year of actually playing big minutes on varsity. I can recall how crowded our gym was and that we were playing a team called Legacy. I was dribbling and made a hard crossover that made my defender fall. The crowd went crazy.

If you could have dinner with any four people in the history of the world, whom would you invite?

It would be three people, and it would be my immediate family. There aren’t any other people in the world that I love and trust more than my mom, dad, and brother. They are my biggest supporters, and I know that they would go to hell and back for me as would I for them.

What are your college plans?

I do not know where I am going for college at the moment, but I know that whatever I do, basketball will be a part of it some way or another. I plan to become either an athletic trainer or a coach.

What’s your favorite app?

WordWhizzle. Almost my whole basketball team plays it! WordWhizzle is basically a word-search game that gives you a topic and you have to find the words within a puzzle. It is really fun, but so frustrating. It keeps your brain working.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

A pre-game ritual that my dad and I have is where he touches both of my knees and tells me “take care of your body.” My dad always reminds me that my biggest ability is availability, and that I must stay healthy to do all the things I love to do.

If you could visit any place in the world, where would you go?

Vietnam. My mother was born and raised in Vietnam for her first four years of life, before coming to America. I think it would be very interesting to see a different way of life, especially because my mom and her family could have very easily stayed in Vietnam and this would have changed her views and beliefs, as well as her lifestyle.

What’s the best advice anyone has ever given to you?

My dad continuously reminds me how nothing will get done that I can benefit from unless I do it, unless I pursue my own goals and dreams. It really opened my eyes as to how unforgiving the world can be, and how in order for me to succeed, I must rely on myself and only myself when it comes to my future.

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