I don’t even know where to start…It’s been so long since the last time I blogged! Well for starters, I am playing & healthy… YAY!! Lol!
Most of you already know I am in Athens, Greece playing for the defending champions Panathinaikos. This organization is perfect for me for my first year playing overseas. I couldn’t be happier with the coaching staff, administration, and teammates. Playing for Panathinaikos reminds me of playing at St. Marys High School again, not only because we have the same colors, but because everyone is trying to beat us every time we step on the floor. What better feeling to walk into any gym and have the gym get quiet and people start whispering “There they go, they are here.” etc... I got the chills just writing that because that is the exact feeling I got every time we walked into a gym at St. Marys. I like to talk about my days at St. Marys because that’s really the last time I played on a consistent basis without getting hurt.
Anyways, so far so good, we are 6-0! The expectation of our team is to win another league championship and possibly the Greek cup this year as well. We are going to have our hands full with particular teams but I think we will be ready for each and every game. I have a lot of confidence in my teammates and coaching staff to have a successful year! No more than 2 weeks ago I FINALLY became a Greek citizen!! It took some time because there was so much paper work to complete, but in the end it all worked out and now I am officially a dual citizen. ***Happy dance!!!***
I love living in Greece because it’s so nice to be around the culture here. Growing up, my childhood was based around my Greek family and I was always curious to know more about my heritage and see what Greek people were like outside of my family. Athens is a really fast paced place to be in. It’s truly “the city that never sleeps.” If you thought Vegas was the place to party… You thought wrong lol. These Greeks really get down when it comes to the nightlife. Luckily I have too much business to take care of otherwise I would be in trouble haha.
SOOOO yes! That is my life currently. I am looking forward to the rest of season and getting better every day. It’s so nice to be healthy and a part of a team again. Things will only get better for me on the court and I couldn’t be happier. Thank you to everyone who has followed my progress. Lots more to come!
Jacki made her debut appearance with Panathinaikos and dropped 17 points and 9 rebounds in a 79-65 win.
After the game Jacki said, (translated) "I feel very good. We started a little late but it's a little different now because the team was built with me and now I can play. We were a little off in the beginning but got forward in the second half. I'm happy that I played but whether I'm happy with how I played so I'll answer that. The most important thing is to win and so I am happy. Personally I can do better. It was the first game and improved. I love the fans, are fantastic. Tremendous support and are fun to play with that audience. We support the continuation and is very good to have this world."
Jacki has signed with the reigning Greek League champion team Panathinaikos
(Translated from panathinaikos1908.gr)
In the first statement in panathinaikos1908.gr, Jacki Gemelos said the reason she chose to continue her career in Clover: "I chose Panathinaikos for many reasons. In the past friends have gone to play in Greece and went though all my best for groups high level as Panathinaikos. Not only because I will fight to the champion team but mainly because the representatives of Panathinaikos approached in the best way. Also, the team's roster is great and when I learned that this will be the Diana Delvaux was delighted. "
Then the Greek American ace said: " I am happy to be playing in Greece. This was the number one place I wanted to play overseas because I'm Greek and my father in his youth played in Athens in Sporting. My family is excited and is sure to come and attend to know why I play for Panathinaikos. This is the ideal situation for myself. I know that Panathinaikos has amazing fans. Loyal fans something that every great team needs, because those contribute to success. I know that Panathinaikos won the Championship in women's basketball and the double in the male. And I know that this team has a great players who are willing to repeat this success and even greater. There are so many great things in the history of the Association ."