Ante Rebic

Basketball is the best thing that has ever happened to me. Back in Croatia I was very successful on the Croatian national team. Without basketball I would not be here. I have never quit anything in my life and never said that I can't do something. Most of my teammates over the years have liked me, and I have always been a team player: never playing for myself but for the team. I've been playing since I was 7 years old. At twelve, my team won the national championship. Two of my best friends were on that team, but both of them are injured and currently not playing. We were on top of the mountain, but it has been a long time since. I came to the US to move on, to redefine myself, and to continue the fight for all three of us. I think that if even one of the three of us succeeds in basketball then it's a win for all of us. I was the lucky one and didn't get injured. I also made all the right decisions for myself and continued my dream. As a freshman in Croatia I told my best friends that in two years I would go to the US to play basketball. At that time no one believed me but I fought my way up and made my dream come true.

"If you're going through hell, keep going." by Winston Churchill