Hector Feliciano Ayala

Hola! My name is Hector Feliciano Ayala and I was born and raised in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. I am currently a senior at Christopher Newport University pursuing a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Psychology, Sociology, and Leadership. While in college, I have been able to discover my passion not only for basketball, but also for family, friends, and service of others.

My heart and soul are truly found on the basketball court. I have been playing basketball competitively since I was four years old. Besides providing me with joy and happiness, basketball has provided me with many experiences. I have been able to see many parts of the world through the game of basketball. I have had the chance to travel and play in Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, and Colombia.

Coming from a Latin-American country, family is huge to me. I love spending time with my nuclear and extended family. My family is back in Puerto Rico, so I spend a lot of time talking to them on the phone. Similar to family, friends are also a very important part of life to me. I am a firm believer in making and developing long-lasting relationships throughout time.

My involvement outside of the classroom has allowed me to appreciate cultures and others more. As a result, I have developed a passion for serving others. Through programs, such as Christopher Newport University's President’s Leadership Program, Youth Volunteers Corps, Fifth Quarter, and SLAM I have been able to help others.

Upon graduation, I would like to do something that involves basketball, culture, people, and teamwork. As an athlete, it is hard for me to let go of the competitiveness and the sense of teamwork involved in sports. I firmly believe that the sport of basketball is a good platform to use to create change and to impact the lives of many people around the world. I am currently one of the 5 finalists for the 2012 Shooting Touch Sabbatical Program, which provides its recipient with $25,000 to create social change and community development through the sport of basketball. My video could be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmSHSBexNuo.