Check out Jacki's latest interview!
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!