Christopher Camphouse

Treyvon Gallegos

Hardwork, persistence leads to fulfillment of a dream

Before becoming a shooting guard/small forward for Laramie County Community College’s Golden Eagles’ basketball team, Treyvon Gallegos was the leading scorer for Cheyenne East High School. Since freshmen year, he was averaging around 15 points a game.

While playing for East, Gallegos said he happened to be in the “wrong place at the wrong time” when a friend brought “an illegal substance” to the state basketball tournament, and Gallegos was forced to take a year off from basketball.

He was unsure if he would ever play again. He said coaches were not being supportive, and stereotyped him as another player who would not amount to anything, but he didn’t give up.

Gallegos practiced day in and day out, focusing on his defense. His game became led by his mantra: “Defense wins championships,” he said. “I always had a dream to pursue my career and just play the game.”

Using his determination to prove his coaches wrong as his motivation, Gallegos refused to let his dream go. “I just had to keep playing. I couldn’t stop,” Gallegos said.

When he was finally ready to return to the game, Gallegos came to LCCC as a walk-on for the Golden Eagles. His team spirit and his determination to be a great player built bonds between the players and Gallegos. “I love my teammates like a family,” Gallegos said.

If Gallegos hadn’t pursued his dreams, he wouldn’t be able to enjoy one of his favorite perks of being on the team, the support of other players, he said.

“We motivate each other. We get ready for games with prayers, music, ‘mess-talking,’” he said. “But really we try to focus on playing the sport.”

His advice on overcoming struggles is simple: Don’t give up.—“My grandpa used to tell me: ‘Don’t be scared. Go out and play. Be cutthroat.’”