Seahawk Basketball Reaches Out to Community

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Promotion of leadership, perserverance and sportsmanship inspires others.
Ty Davis and Brandon Strassburger

Ty Davis and Brandon Strassburger

July 13, 2012

After an intense 2011-2012 season which yielded a 34-4 record, one might think Northwood Florida Seahawk basketball players would be lying low this summer. But team captain Ty Davis and graduate assistant Brandon Strassburger are proving that's not the case.

Under the direction of Head Coach Rollie Massimino, the two are reaching out to area athletic organizations and local fitness festivals to promote leadership, perseverance and sportsmanship, all while introducing the community to Northwood University's athletic programs.

"As a graduate assistant for the basketball team, my job is to reach out to the public to develop relationships and to establish awareness of our athletic teams and programs," said Strassburger. "It's all about networking, so I was thankful for the opportunity to connect two directors of area basketball organizations."

The effort led to a win-win situation for both the Step it Up Basketball Camp and the Christian Athletic Travel Squad (CATS) basketball team who quickly scheduled scrimmages and a chance to see the fancy footwork of Northwood players. It was from that opportunity that Chris Edden, Director of the CATS basketball team saw Ty Davis, Northwood's Seahawk Basketball Captain and a 3rd Team All-American work his magic on the court. He soon invited Davis and Strassburger to share tips with his group regarding how they've made it so far, so fast.

Davis spoke about the importance of 'playing with a sense of urgency' as well as the value of discipline, and revealed that after a championship game he'd still get up at 6 am to pay his dues at the gym. When asked how one bounces back after the continual bumps and bruises that life can throw out, he shared that he'd lost a championship on every level since middle school, but it was the perseverance and the awareness that there is always room for improvement that's enabled him to enjoy his success thus far. "If I didn't keep pushing forward I wouldn't have met the people I've met or be in the position I am in now," he said.

The two shared that Seahawk basketball is the best it's ever been thanks to Coach Mass and the camaraderie of the group, while highlighting the importance of prioritizing goals. "Be good people, good students and good basketball players, in that order," they shared.

In six seasons the Northwood University Seahawks have won 171 games while losing only 37. For the past two seasons they have spent much time as a top-ranked Division II National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) team. This past 2011-2012 Season yielded a 34-4 won-lost record which led them all the way to the NAIA national championship game against Oregon Tech.