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Charles Woessner

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I graduated from Fordham University in 2016, and I now live in New York City, and work for the Westchester Knicks, the NBA G League affiliate team for the New York Knicks.  I’ve been with the Knicks for three years, and am a Basketball Operations Associate.  My main duty is managing the day-to-day operations of the team (setting the daily schedule, acting as the point of contact for our players and staff as well as acting as the point of contact for visiting teams).  I also help our coaching staff with on-court workouts (during team practice and individual workouts), and our front office with scouting college and pro players we may want to draft or trade for. Working in pro basketball certainly keeps me busy, but I absolutely love it!

When I started working in basketball back in 2017, my goal was to land a job in the NBA.  Now that I have spent a few years at the pro level, that hasn’t changed.  My personal goal over the next few years is to keep working in the NBA G League and make myself competitive for a Basketball Operations job with an NBA team.  I would love to keep working for the Knicks, but coming back home and working for the Boston Celtics wouldn’t be too bad either!

Given my current profession, my answer to this question shouldn’t be a shock to anyone.  I have many fond memories of my time at Riverbend, but my favorites have always been surrounding Field Days.  Participating in Riverbend Field Days helped shape my love for team sports.  Riverbend Field Days put an emphasis on teamwork; working together and communicating to achieve a common goal.  The relay races, tug of wars, and post-competition chants all highlight this emphasis on teamwork and show the importance of respecting your opponent.  My experiences during Field Days helped me be the best teammate I could be while playing organized basketball growing up, and has certainly helped me professionally as well!

My advice to current Riverbend students is to take the lessons you learn, both in the classroom and outside of the classroom, with you.  The educational experience at Riverbend is so much more than just about getting good grades.  It’s about giving you the tools to succeed in life; academically, socially, and professionally.  My experience at Riverbend helped me massively in figuring out how to organize and balance my responsibilities with school with my personal interests like playing sports and spending time with friends.  Finding the balance between school responsibilities and personal interests that works best for you is incredibly important.  Riverbend gives you the tools to find this balance, and apply it in high school, college, and in professional life.