Mark Twain once said…it’s not the size of the dog in the fight but it’s the size of the fight in the dog…when interpreted means it’s not necessarily a matter of physical size but rather a mental attitude that matters most.
If you’re looking for an example to validate Twain’s comment, look no further than McCurtain’s Zane Cooper as the 5-foot-9 sophomore proves by example that he’s got what it takes to be a game changer on the basketball court, baseball diamond and in life.
“I enjoy playing basketball and baseball and pushing myself to be the best I can be,” said Cooper, who wears jersey number-23 noting the influence of Michael Jordan. “I try my hardest to play my role and hustle every second that I am on the court. I know if I’m giving all I’ve got my team will do the same.”
Cooper’s efforts draw applause from his coach.
“This kid has a chance to be really good in sports and his success will carry over in life,” replied Jason Ward. “The same effort fans see him give in basketball games, he does the same thing everyday in practice. He never downgrades another player but tries to build them up. Then when I walk the halls or go watch plays performed by the school there he is doing his best.”
Described as disciplined, determined and ambitious, Cooper understands success is earned not given.
“I will always give everything I’ve got and try to do what’s best for the team,” explained Cooper whose favorite basketball players are NBA stars Allen Iverson and Ja Morant. “It gains the team’s trust and they know I will try my hardest.”
While Cooper’s athletic abilities are top notch, coach Ward confirms that Cooper lets his actions do all his talking.
“He does all this in a silent fashion. Zane is a very soft talker and his demeanor seems very calculated, waiting for his chance to pounce. His future is bright, that’s for sure.”
And, while crunching on a bowl of Fruit Loops as his favorite pre-game meal, Cooper explained it’s all about proving that Character Counts.
“In sports and in everyday life, I believe character is what you do when faced with failure. If you fail in sports or life and give up you will never succeed,” Cooper said with a nod of affirmation. “You have to have the character to keep pushing and NEVER give up.”