From the stands, when you see Link, you see a 7 foot giant who has quite the defensive presence in the front court.
But when I sat down with the Senior from Montreal, Canada, I learned about things the average UTA fan may not know. Like the fact that his first language is French, how his teammates that room with him rave about his cooking abilities, and one particular interest off the court that may not be as obvious as his tall size.
Kabayundi has a passion for photography and graphic design. And although he’s humble about his talents, he has quite the potential. He takes pictures of his teammates and edits the photos into promotional posters. He also has an Instagram page dedicated to his photography.
To see more of Kabayundi’s Photography follow him at @KingTonyPics on Instagram.
Dr. Abu Yilla is a Kinesiology professor who advocates for the widening acceptance of sport different than just the big three. He played for the Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks, the UTA Movin’ Mavs and U.S. and Britain National Paralympic Teams. As an ex-professional wheelchair basketball player and awarded athlete who moved from abroad, he brings a unique perspective to the table challenging his students to broaden their minds and question their current mindsets. Dr. Yilla teaches three classes at UTA, including Sociology of Sport where his students enjoy the ability to speak freely and have open debate.
The Lady Movin’ Mavs matched up against two different wheelchair basketball teams from the DFW area Saturday in exhibition matches. Playing agaisnt the Dallas Jr’s as well as the DFW Freewheelers, who are both made up of mostly male athletes, the Lady Movin’ Mavs set out to gain game experience that will help them in collegiate matches. Out of the three games, the Lady Movin’ Mavs took one from the Dallas Jr’s by a score of 50 to 39, but dropped two to the DFW Freewheelers. Going into the half, the Lady Mavs were tied with the Freewheelers at 26, but unfortunately couldn’t hold on in the second half. Week by week the Mavs look to continue improving, and with a team of mostly freshmen, have the time and talent to do just that.
By: Derek Kaufman
The Movin’ Mavs and Lady Movin’ Mavs wheelchair basketball teams started their season this past Friday on Halloween by taking on the University of Alabama. Both the Movin’ Mavs and the Lady Movin’ Mavs played in two contests at College Park Center. The Lady Movin’ Mavs played in their first games since the team was founded earlier in 2014, and through some visible nerves the team struggled to gain momentum against the Crimson Tide as they dropped both contests by double digits in regulation. On the brighter side of the weekend, the men’s Movin’ Mavs came out where they left off at the end of last year and dominated play through both games against Alabama, winning their first tilt by a score of 70-47, and also their second by a margin of 44 points. With high expectations this year of bringing a national championship to UTA, the Movin’ Mavs look to get back on track before they host their next home tournament on November 8th and 9th.
By: Derek Kaufman
March Madness comes around every year, in which the NCAA picks the best teams to compete to win a national title. People from across the nation pick their favorites and make brackets with their friends, co-workers, and maybe even people online. Even though the odds are against everyone who tries to make the perfect bracket, with chances of 1 and 9.2 quintillion the fans continue to play. The top picks this years tournament are Gonzaga (west no. 1), Indiana (east no. 1), Kansas (south no. 1), and Louisville (midwest no. 1.) For these and other teams this isnt their first time to hit the courts. For others like Florida Gulf Coast this will be their first time to compete and show the nation what they got. This will be a free for all with teams, and only the best will make it to then end!
By: Breanna Fields
Jorge Sanchez is a senior at UTA and a team member of the Movin Mavs, the team is designed to be exactly like basketball except they are in wheel chairs. Sanchez has been apart of this team for four years, and has been a captain for two. His passion started with baseball, but as he soon developed cancer his dreams were put on hold. He didn’t think there was a way to over come this devastation, but as he learned about his alternative options he was back in the the grove. Basketball slowly became something he could see himself doing, and as he explored his options he was hooked. With getting use to thing, especially adding a wheel chair in the mix, Jorge was able to get the hang of wheel chair basketball. After graduation, Jorge wants to see himself playing for the wheel chair basketball league and keep on inspiring people to never give up on anything.
This year’s homecoming parade was the first to take place in the fall semester like other schools. Traditionally, homecoming was in the spring semester. Not only was this year’s fall parade a first, it was also the first time the boys basketball team played the Oklahoma Sooners! The excitement carried on throughout the night of firsts.
By: Ashley Radford
Former NBA Hall-of-Famer Magic Johnson has accomplished just about every goal an NBA player could hope to achieve in the league but now the former MVP is making a name for himself in the business world.
Johsnon is the owner of many franchises such as 24 Hour Fitness, Starbucks and a real estate empire that is estimated to be worth more than $8,000,000. Johnson’s latest book titled, “32 Ways to be a Champion in Business” discusses how the same work ethic that helped the fomer Laker reach legendary accolades on the court, transitioned into success in the business world.