Woodward’s Emily Nelson – Character Counts Presented by Gwaine Mathews State Farm

By Travis Sloat

Woodward senior Emily Nelson is ready to kick off her last season playing for the Boomers.

“One of my personal goals is to be the best leader I can be, both on and off the court,” Nelson said. “Team wise, one of our goals is to go 1-0 every day, which basically means we win the day. We also want to make sure we are always giving our all.”

Nelson doesn’t limit herself to playing post and outside guard. She also plays soccer and softball.

“I enjoy basketball because of the relationship I have with my teammates,” she said. “I also love the pace of the game. It never slows down. Basketball stands out to me because in order to play it, you have to respect it, as well as respect your team and the other team. It also calls for a great amount of self-discipline.”

Nelson counts her coaches and her parents as her biggest influences for the game.

“Coach Didier has continually taught me new things, and pushed me to get better over my four years,” Nelson said. “My parents have always pushed me to work harder and become the best player I could possibly be.”

When it comes to her attitude on the court, Nelson said some key components factor into the mix.

“You need to have solid characteristics,” she said. “Honesty and responsibility are big ones. I believe having characteristics like those will help me succeed not only in sports but also in life. I also think you have to stay true to those qualities even in the toughest of times.”