Ed Odeven Reporting

Passion is something that younger and older generations can both detect immediately.

After all, it’s either there or it isn’t.

When elementary school students encouraged Kei Hirata to return to cheerleading overseas, their support inspired her. She decided to pursue her passion once again.

Now, almost a year later, Hirata is embarking on her second two-year stint as a member of the Thunder Girls, the Oklahoma City Thunder’s dance team.

Learning about her journey back to the NBA after a four-year absence was one interesting aspect of an interview this week.

Speaking by phone from Oklahoma, Hirata reflected on her decision to attend Thunder Girls tryouts last month and pursue the possibility of a return to the NBA.

For Hirata, it’s a dream come true.

Source: Kei Hirata earns second shot with Thunder Girls | The Japan Times

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