Keeping Up With Rmanii|
July 23, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) -
Every Tuesday this summer, we will hear from a different Lady Rebel as she catches up UNLVRebels.com readers with an account of how their summer is going, an update on their workouts and their goal for the upcoming season. This eighth installment is provided by senior point guard Rmanii Haynes.
Tuesday, July 23
“…summer, summer, summer time.” It’s that time of the year where you would think all student-athletes would go crazy and celebrate the school year being over. This is far from the case for me. It’s the time of the year to get better, learn, catch up with family and friends, and time to explore a bit. All of which I have had a chance to do this summer.
Once the academic year ended, for most, it is a break from school. For me, it was the beginning of another semester of classes. I am enrolled in all three summer school sessions to prepare myself for my senior year, and my early graduation on December 17th, 2013. When trying to graduate early, your work is never done. Work for an athlete is never done either. Returning home for summer to Reseda, California, workouts were a must with my Dad, and my two brothers, Calvin and Maleke. My older brother, Calvin, is on his way back to play overseas, so he continues to push me to be the best I can be in our workouts and with our strength and conditioning drills. My little brother Maleke and I challenge each other in all aspects of our game as guards. My Dad, who has been through DI college athletics and in the pros himself, continues to make all three of us better. He puts us through a great deal of shooting drills to make sure we are the best offensive threats for all of our upcoming seasons. All the while, having our mother, Shawishi, as our biggest support system during these workouts. When I’m not working out with the entire family, I’ve tried to keep myself in game shape going to numerous open gyms with other DI athletes in the Los Angeles area. Since some of my best friends are also DI athletes, we all push each other during the summer when we return home.
Outside of basketball, I have been able to spend some time with friends and meet a lot of great people who have exposed me to all sorts of new things. Visiting new restaurants and trying different foods has been one of my favorite parts of the summer in addition to meeting new people. My favorite new food so far is a Wild Boar Burger I had. Shockingly, it was very tasteful. Even throughout my busy summer, there will always be family time. Whenever each member in the Haynes Family is home at the same time, it is always a blessing. At family functions, we dance, play dominos, laugh, swim and overall, just bond with each other. Seeing all my cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandmothers is always a great time... especially to my stomach. My family is full of great cooks, and I have enjoyed plenty of great meals. I also had a chance to meet my German family members, which was very interesting. But beside the workouts, the fun, school and basketball is motherhood.
The absolute highlight of my summer was starting my daughter, Peyton, in Pre-School. At almost two, she has a seamless personality when it comes to new environments and learning. Spending time with her and seeing her smile is my constant reminder to continue doing what I do. Ultimately, all of this, including my upcoming senior season as a Lady Rebel, is just for her.