Tuesday, March 11, 2014

A Leader on the Court and in the Community

By André R. Trimmings

Basketball has always been the focal point of Lisa Capellan’s collegiate career. But as the year closes out for the redshirt-senior forward, what road will she travel next?

Capellan has been a leader on Kennesaw State University’s Women’s Basketball team since she began her career as an Owl in 2009. She has loved every minute of it, but always had in mind what she would do if continuing in basketball was not an option after college.

A criminal justice major, she grew up around family members who were in law enforcement, sparking her interest in becoming a police officer. Her willingness to help others and a kind heart have both played an important part in choosing a career path for the New York City native.

“I choose KSU’s campus police department for my internship because it is my community,” said Capellan. “These are the people who I would normally see, so that made it an easier transition for me.”

Over the course of the summer semester, Capellan was able to gain valuable hands-on experience with many different events because of the size of the university.

“Being a part of the fundraiser for the Special Olympics was a memorable moment for me,” said Capellan “I was also allowed to watch the riot squad training and shoot a little at the shooting range.”

While basketball is her current focus, she is also looking into finding a job after she graduates later this year. Capellan is hoping to find something in the local area, whether it is in Fulton or Smyrna County or even the City of Atlanta police department.

Once she has settled on where she wants to go, she is planning on joining the academy for two years, and eventually would like to become a detective.

“Being a detective and a basketball player both require you to be aware of your surroundings and manage your character,” said Capellan.” When people look up to you, you have to be able to maintain a certain standard and I feel basketball has taught me how to do that.”

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