The inside look of a dual-sport athlete at GRCC

The inside look of a dual-sport athlete at GRCC

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King takes the floor for the Women's Basketball team - Courtesy of GRCC Athletics (Photo by Morgan Brown)

By Andrew Schau – Collegiate Staff

The life of a college student is a busy one. The life of a two-sport athlete in college is even busier.

Delanie King, 19, of Lakeview, has devoted her first two years of college to the dual-sport college student lifestyle. Last school year, King played both basketball and softball, and she just finished the regular season of her second basketball season.

“I chose GRCC because I was looking to play basketball in college,” King said. “Here, I have the chance to both play ball, and get a great education for a low price.”

King may not have been the leading scorer, but she still played a crucial role on the basketball team.

“I don’t get the most playing time on the team,” King said. “I started a couple games this year, and other games I don’t get many minutes, but I can still contribute for my team. Getting my teammates game-ready is crucial for a team’s success.”

King loves the game, but the game isn’t her favorite part of the experience.

“The friendships I made through this team are so special,” King said. “I would do anything for them, and they made my experience so much better. I consider myself lucky to have the teammates I have.”

After a full year of playing both softball and basketball, King seems to have moved on from one of them.

“I’m not going to be playing softball this year,” King said. “Yes, it was a great experience, but it was a lot of work. The hours needed to play two sports are too much for me this year, due to my studies being more demanding.”

Since King was born and raised in Lakeview, attending GRCC in Grand Rapids has been a fun adventure for her.

“I absolutely love the city life,” King said. “Yesterdog and Peppino’s are my favorite places to grab a bite to eat. Just walking around downtown, exploring and finding the hole-in-the-wall places are so fun for me.”

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