As a kid, Roman Perez didn’t have the luxury to have someone train him and be on top of him to improve his skills. Instead, his route was a difficult one which included no support and lack of respect from his peers. This was due to the fact that he started to actually play at the age of 16yrs, which many call him a late bloomer to the game of basketball. But with continued hard work and dedication, he reached his goals of playing in college and professionally. Up to date, he’s a 12-year pro hooper.
It was during his pro years when his daughter Leia Perez asked him if she could train with him, she was only 6yrs old. With joy and happiness Roman couldn’t have said no and the journey for her started. The beginnings were not easy because training a child needs lots of patience and time for the young person to develop. But with time her game improved and was ready to play for school teams.
Trying out for her elementary school teams and making the teams, were big accomplishments for her. Constant workouts with her father, consisting hours of sweat and tears finally paid off. Her first year she was only in the 3rd grade, playing co-ed basketball which means a mix of boys and girls. Her 3rd and 4th grade season were learning experiences, as she transited to 5th grade her game developed to a whole different level. Dominating the competition her game was finally getting recognized by everyone. But due to 2020 world situation, her season was cut short in which she only played 25% of her 5th grade season.
The work didn’t stop, Leia and her dad continued to work from their back yard. Working on fundamentals and building her personal strength. The goal now is focusing on what’s to come for her, and how they can maintain the constant work. We are excited to see what unfolds for her career, and look forward to showing her support her along the way. Go Leia Perez!
Check out Leia’s 5th grade highlight video: