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By Zachary Smith-Tulino

CCC Journalism Program

Who’s doubting me now?

BLACKWOOD – Camden County College Student Vincent Gaudioso is not the only person in the world to have big goals, his path has just been different from others. He balances school, health, fitness and trying to be the best basketball player he can be while overcoming injuries in the past. In Gaudioso’s mind, these obstacles are just in the way so he can prove people wrong. That is his biggest goal.

Gaudioso goes in to work out at The Edge Fitness Clubs in Washington Township, New Jersey. Photo by Zachary Smith-Tulino, CCC Journalism Program

Not being complacent

Gaudioso, a sophomore at Camden County College, majors in sports management. He is a member of the Camden County College men’s basketball team. “Going in I was planning on playing and trying out for basketball and I played my freshman year,” he said.

Gaudioso plays basketball outside at his home court. Photo by Zachary Smith-Tulino, CCC Journalism Program

Adversity sets in

Before attending Camden County College, he dealt with some major injuries. “I’ve had some hamstring and ankle problems during high school. My most severe injury was when I tore a ligament in my left thumb in the second game of my senior season at Timber Creek Regional High School,” he stated. Gaudioso said it took a toll on him and it made him rethink everything but he stuck with it and now he is enjoying the process.

Gaudioso focuses on himself through a mirror as he does bicep curls. Photo by Zachary Smith-Tulino, CCC Journalism Program

Testimony for work ethic

Billy Hoffacker, a close friend of Gaudioso, said, “I have known Vincent since fifth grade. I think he has a good work ethic and it has shown how he progressed through middle school to college.”

Gaudioso goes through his back and biceps routine at the gym. Photo by Zachary Smith-Tulino, CCC Journalism Program

Daily advancement

Gaudioso trains and plays basketball six or seven times a week and his goal is to progress daily. “I learned that I love putting the work in to get better, so I’m not afraid to fail because I’ve been counted out too many times, so why not try to prove everyone wrong,” he said.

Gaudioso leaves The Edge Fitness Clubs in Washington Township, New Jersey, after a productive workout. Photo by Zachary Smith-Tulino, CCC Journalism Program

To learn more about Gaudioso, visit his Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/vinny.g3/

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