SOMERS, N.Y. – Somers senior Dani DiCintio is a team captain and point guard on the varsity girls basketball team. She is committed to Roberts Wesleyan College (Rochester), where she will continue her basketball career. The Tuskers enter the 2019-2020 season coming off a section finals appearance last season.
How old were you when you started playing basketball and how did you get started?
I started playing organized basketball in third grade which was the first year SYSO offered girls the opportunity to play. I got started by watching my older brother playing basketball in the driveway. I used to watch my dad train him from the window and then I would go outside and copy what he did.
What are the team’s goals for the upcoming season?
We want to start off by coming out of the gate strong and get better before league play begins. As always, we want to contend for a league title and then set our sights on winning another Gold Ball.
As a senior on the team, how much do you value being a leader?
I value being a leader a lot. I always try to keep everyone’s head high and push through the tough patches that all of us players go through. I always try to remind my team that we can accomplish anything as long as we stick together.
What is your favorite team activity, pregame or postgame ritual that you share with your teammates?
My favorite team activity is our team dinners because I always look forward to the great cooking we get and after the dinner just relaxing with the team while watching movies and cracking jokes.
Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?
My dad (Somers boys basketball coach Chris DiCintio). He has always been my coach since I first started basketball and he has always pushed me to work hard and never get complacent. He has helped me to get where I am today as a basketball player. My mom has also been a role model and has taught me the value of education. She’s always stressed how hard I need to work in order to get what I want as nothing is just given to you.
Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?
Not a lot of people know I was born in Colombia.
You recently committed to Roberts Wesleyan College where you will continue your basketball career. What appealed to you about the school and basketball program?
The coaching staff and the players. Coach [Kevin] Clifford and Coach [Jack] Rosati made me feel so welcomed when I went to visit the school and the players were super nice and so fun to hang out with.
Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes, what and why?
I want to study early childhood education. I’ve always wanted to be a teacher for young kids because I have a couple of younger cousins and I’ve always been the one to watch the little ones at family events. We also have a tots program in school where preschoolers come in and we teach them and play with them and it’s so fun. That is when I realized I wanted to be a teacher.
What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a game?
I like listening to rap music. It gets me pumped before the game.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
I would want to be able to teleport so I can go from place to place super quickly.
If you could pick one place to visit on vacation that you’ve never been to, where would you go and why?
Aruba. I love the beach and warm weather and many of my friends have been there and have told me they loved it.
What is your favorite food to eat before or after a game?
Taylor Penzo and I before every game go to Mobil (Route 100 Market) and I always get a salad and she always gets the same sandwich. It’s been a routine we’ve had for the last three years and it’s just stuck with us.
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Favorite social media platform?
Instagram. I like going on Instagram for sports and seeing what my friends post.
For a young athlete growing up in Somers, what would you tell them about the experience of being part of the basketball program and why should they go out for the team?
Being a part of the Somers girls basketball program has been an unforgettable experience and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Winning the Gold Ball and reaching the state final four will be cherished forever. Thanks to coach [Marc] Hattem and all of my teammates for making my high school basketball experience one for the ages.