Torao Ota, a former member of the NCDA, will describe his experience as a minority player in the league.
Leon Rockamore Jr (CSU): What got you started playing dodgeball? Torao Ota (VCU): I really liked dodgeball back in the day when I was in middle school and I was stoked to find out that people were playing dodgeball at the VCU gym.
L: When did you play in the NCDA? T: I played all 4 years when I was at VCU from 2014 – 2018.
L: Do you still participate in the NCDA even now? T: I don’t but I love watching the highlights that the NCDA makes from time to time.
Kevin Nguyen is a former player of the NCDA, and current captain of the team Final Justice. In this interview, he will talk about his experiences as an Asian-American player and member of the community.
Leon Rockamore (CSU): What got you started playing dodgeball? Kevin Nguyen: Gym class. We had a class called team sports where we would play 4 out of 5 days. I met former MSU captain Ian Childs there and he later on invited me to MSU practices after he started attending college.
L: When did you play in the NCDA? K: I started practicing with the MSU team my senior year of high school. Continued that until I played at CMU during the 2015 and 2016 season.
L: Do you still participate in the NCDA even now? K: Yes. I have been an advisor/mentor to the MSU team for the last couple years.