Short Intro Hey folks, my name is Granville Gittens. I am open minded and always seeking new knowledge to expand my skill-set and ability to contribute to any community I may be a part of.
Where Have I Been? I am currently a senior at Baruch College, majoring in Corporate Communications and minoring in Psychology. I was a four year member of the Baruch College basketball team. I was team captain and tournament MVP during the 2014-2015 season in which we won the conference championship. I have two years of experience as a youth counselor to children ages 4-18. I have completed a summer internship at Big Apple Basketball, a small non-profit youth organization.
Where Am I Now? I am currently Head Coach of an 11 and under (5th grade boys) basketball team with Riverside Hawks Basketball. I am also a Digital Marketing Apprentice at COOP. I joined COOP to learn the basic skills of digital marketing. I hope to apply these skills in my career and influence people in the growing world of digital technology. I am also a public/motivational speaker and a mentor where I have spoken and presented to various groups of high school students and young basketball players.
Where Am I Going? I plan on taking the digital marketing skills that I am currently developing and applying them in any field and organization I may enter. I am passionate about community growth and uplifting generations younger than myself and hope to combine my knowledge in sports, academia and mentoring/teaching and digital marketing in order to apply them to an organization that can reach people across the globe.
- I can motivate people
- I can dedicate myself to a task
- I can think outside the box
1 Learning Target
I can be a patient and understanding teammate
2 Companies I really admire and Why
I admire the humble beginning and rapid growth of Under Armour. I’m inspired by the way founder and CEO, Kevin Plank, was able to revolutionize athletic wear in his grandmother's basement. He then took his brand that was created initially for football players, and made it into a competitive sportswear brand. Under Armour now has many product lines and sponsorship with world-class athletes from various sports.
Big Apple Basketball has played a huge role in keeping the New York City basketball scene relevant in an era when the mecca of basketball is no longer the inner city parks of New York. The games prevalence has spread to indoor gyms and less urban areas. Founder and CEO, Jason Curry, has provided meticulous training, wholesome events and tournaments for basketball players in the melting pot that is NYC. Working with Mr. Curry was insightful. His strong demeanor and actions as a leader exemplified how a small non-profit organization can impact many.
Becoming a Champion
Setting the stage. From from 2011-2015 I played on the basketball team at Baruch College. My role evolved throughout my four seasons on the team from an inexperienced freshman, to a confident senior captain.
The beginning. As a freshman, I joined a team that was lacking leadership and unity. Many of my teammates were unmotivated and did not get along with each other. The team had been lacking success and had never reached their full potential to win a championship for over fifteen years. Several teammates quit the team before the end of my first season. It was clear to me that something was missing and it wasn't talented basketball players.
The middle. I decided that I needed to lead by example in order to inject enthusiasm and togetherness. I did not have a leadership position that was appointed or earned through experience, therefore what I said would have little affect on my peers or coaches. I decided the best thing to do was to dedicate myself to fostering positive relationships with my teammates and coaches while working on and off the court to improve myself. I would face many obstacles and times of frustration throughout my four years on the team. It was never easy, but with my goals of being the best teammate and player that I could be and winning a championship in mind, I never gave up.
The End. Eventually, the effects that I had on my team and the effects that my team had on me became increasingly apparent. By my junior year, we had established a new core of players. Our relatively inexperienced but extremely knowledgeable Head Coach was evolving his methods of teaching the game and relating to his players. Our team had become a closer and more diverse unit. I established myself as a leader and set the tone for our teams work ethic, tenacity and cohesion. Eventually, the obstacles felt like less of a burden and more like part of the territory. Through injuries, tough losses and minor disputes, Our team was able to persevere and win the conference championship, we never let up until we reached our destination.
Reflection. Playing for Baruch College was a huge commitment which I was able to maintain because I saw it as a privilege and opportunity to grow. My experience at the collegiate level showed me that in order to be successful and happy, I must find a passion for what I do because that fosters dedication to the craft. I am content with the outcome of my basketball career and I look forward to finding my next passion and team. I hope to be able to apply the skills I learned in working together and trusting my peers and leaders so that a positive culture can be passed down through the organization and no one is left with the dirty work of creating that culture from the bottom and from scratch. Becoming a champion can never happen alone. Becoming a champion does not always come with awards and praise from outside entities because the biggest reward is reaching the full potential that lies within. Every champion is unique.