Amber Kirschbaum has already done her part in contributing to the success of UNI women's basketball.
"This program would not be where it is today if Amber Kirschbaum was not a part. She's been a huge, and very important part to our success", says UNI Women's coach Tanya Warren.
But this year, the Senior from Spirit Lake, IA has a new set of challenges in front of her, as she steps into the role of team captain.
Kirschbaum says, "I took it very serious when I was named team captain, and I really wanted to take that leadership role, and I wanted to be that leader for them on and off the court too."
Warren adds, "Not only does she take care of business on the floor, but she also takes care of business off the floor, and those are all things that go hand-in-hand with being a captain and being a good leader."
And her leadership has progressed to community involvement off the court, as Amber is a regular volunteer with several local organizations.
"I think being a college athlete, you're just a role model for younger kids, and other people; they look up to you, and it's a huge thing for me to just volunteer and serve others. And it's just something that I just like doing; I find joy in it", Kirschbaum says.
On the court though, Amber has already been a key factor in two NCAA tournaments for UNI, and hopes to use that success as a motivation for this year's team.
"That's the motivation for us, that we want to get back to that, you know we want to be better than those teams; we want to have something that sets us apart from those teams that make us good", says Kirschbaum.
Wherever UNI finishes their season, Amber will undoubtedly be leading the Panthers every step of the way.
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