Wizard Girls in Thailand
I could barely sleep the night before I left for Thailand, worried that I would leave something important behind like a uniform or my boots, yet at the same time I was determined for this to be the first trip that I would not over pack for! I must have jumped out of the bed 6 times throughout the night to make sure that I had everything and once I felt secure that I did, I stopped to take a deep breath and give thanks for being afforded such an amazing opportunity.
Before I knew it, it was time to board the plane. Myself along with three-year veterans Michelle P., Michelle L. and rookies Dani and Amber were about to embark on a journey that we would never forget. We were so excited to represent the Washington Wizards and the Wizards Girls at the NBA 3X tournament hosted by NBA China that the thought of the 22 hour plane ride didn’t phase us; we were ready to dance!
After our 16 hour flight to Japan and another 6 hour flight from there to Bangkok, we were more than ready to get off the plan and get our journey started. We were greeted by our warm and witty security guard, Neal and his son Oliver who were holding NBA 3X signs while guiding us through the airport with strong Australian accents. Before we knew it we were in the luxurious lobby of the Centara Grand Hotel, receiving room assignments and itineraries for the next few days of heavily scheduled events.
The next morning we were up and on our way to Spicydisc Records for an interview and photoshoot sponsored byFor Him Magazine. We took turns answering questions about what to expect from the Wizards this year, the structure and image of the Wizard Girls and the hard work and dedication it takes to be a member of our dance team. The Wizard Girls will be featured in the December issue of FHM so keep your eyes peeled for our article and pictures! After the interview our tour guide, May escorted us to the Grand Palace of Thailand and then to the Jim Thompson Museum where we were able to see historical Thai artifacts and architecture; it was simply beautiful. That night we performed at an executive VIP dinner where we presented with G-Shock wrist watches from the owner of G-Shock, Thailand. Needless to say we were pretty excited to receive such wonderful gifts after an awesome performance.
Before I knew it, it was time for the NBA 3X Tournament where The Wizard Girls were accompanied by NBA legend, Ron Harper to participate and facilitate the events. I played in the wheelchair basketball tournament, served as a judge for both the dance and dunk contests, and accompanied my teammates in multiple court performances to hype the crowd up Wizard Girl style! We were also presented with an award of excellence from NBA 3X and NBA Asia for working so diligently with their team and representing the Washington Wizards in such a dynamic way.
This was by far one of the best experiences of my professional dance career and I am so grateful to Monumental Sports and NBA 3X for allowing me to participate in bringing their vision to life. As a second-year Captain, I was honored to share this experience with my beautiful teammates and use the tools learned on this journey to grow as a leader and be an even better team member. The Washington Wizard Girls are honored to say that we can now check Bangkok, Thailand off of our bucket List!