War Memorial Gym, UBC - Sunday night, on the beautiful UBC Campus, Jeremy Lin of the Brooklyn Nets, hosted a talk titled “The Total Athlete” hosted by Athletes In Action Canada. This was a much anticipated event for the last few weeks since it was announced, with over 2500+ tickets being sold, resulting in the event being moved from Britannia Secondary to the larger War Memorial Gym at UBC.
For those who may not know, Jeremy Lin has spent the last several months in Vancouver rehabbing his knee after he ruptured his patella tendon in his right knee in the opening game of the season. Lin has been rehabbing at Fortius Sport and Health using the facilities to help him get his body right and back on the court, though he won’t return to game action until next year.
The evening began with a short dance performance, before Jeremy Lin entered the gym filled with his fans and followers from Vancouver. Next up was the “Skills” portion of the evening that featured many athletes from the Vancouver community ranging from grade seven athletes to ex-professional athletes, randomly selected fans from the stands and special appearances from the BC Lions and UBC President Santa Ono. The athletes competed in a shootout, three point contest, one-on-one challenge and game of bump with the winners being awarded signed Jeremy Lin memorabilia, before Jeremy took the floor to share his story.
Highlights from Jeremy’s speech:
- His hobby: Eating.
- During the seven game “Linsanity” period, he tried to not overthink and just go off of his instincts.
- He geniunely didn’t enjoy his first 5 years in the league, despite Linsanity having placed extremely high standards of performance on himself.
- Believes Michael Jordan is the most accomplished player of all time.
- Doesn’t know exactly how many years he’s been in the league!
- Theme of the talk: Your identity leads to your definition of success which leads to fulfilment.