Today's blog comes from Danielle Padovano, a freshman forward who tallied eight points today against the Fijian National Team. Read all about the Rams' exploits below.
Fordham and the Fijian National Team come together after the welcome ceremony
Bula! It was an amazing moment this morning waking up to the bright sun
and warm Fiji air.
Birds chirping, the Rams started our morning with a
delicious poolside breakfast before leaving for a customary welcoming
ceremony. We took a trip to the opposite side of the island where we
were greeted by one of Coach Gaitley's former players, Val, and her
teammates from the Fiji Womens National team.
A part of Fiji custom, all
women have to wear floor length skirts provided by our new friends.
The celebration was led by the chief of their village and included
participation by the entire Fordham coaching staff. It was so kind and
generous of our new Fiji friends to share their culture with us. An
experience I will never forget.
The next event for the Rams was a clinic
with the youth of a local village. The children were so eager to learn
and happy to be spending their time outside with their friends and the
Fordham players. Their excitement was tangible and brought smiles to
After the clinic, the Rams had to prepare for their
game against the Fiji National team on the outdoor court. The team was a
physical force but ultimately, the game ended with a Rams win. The game
provided many lessons we can take back to Rose Hill as we move forward
into preparing for our season.
The day concluded with a Fordham- Fiji
dinner that was a very close rival to the Rooney family meal.
We are so
lucky to be so loved by everyone surrounding us and are always excited
to expand our Fordham family.
We are looking forward to celebrating this
amazing trip with each other these last few days which won't be so hard
with what the beautiful country of Fiji has to offer us.
I am extremely
thankful for this experience and very proud to be a Ram!