Lighting the way.
Naho Miyoshi is much more than a point guard or the captain of the Toyota Women’s Basketball Team. Like her nickname on the hardwood, Naho is the “Sun.” And no one shines brighter. Whether it’s leading the team or passing the love of hoops onto the next generation, her cheerful disposition radiates positivity. Even in the face of adversity. She missed making the Japanese national team in the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2018. Instead of feeling sorry for herself, she used her disappointment to refocus and reenergize. She’s now training harder to make the national team (3x3) for the upcoming Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Because like the Japanese meaning of her nickname, she’s committed to always rising like a sun shining out over the team.
“You just concentrate on moving forward with a positive frame of mind, because if you start with the right mental attitude, your game will follow.”
Playing through the pain.
Naho is one of the bright stars of basketball in Japan, but she didn’t start off that way. In high school, Naho suffered a knee injury that caused her to miss the entire year. So she sat on the bench and cheered the team on. Watching. Learning. Studying the game. Her perseverance made her a smarter player. And a resilient leader. These qualities helped her to be named to the national team while still in high school. She then played at the Olympic Games Rio 2016, where her trademark threes helped Japan make it to the quarterfinals. And now she’s training for the upcoming Olympic Games, where she dreams of shining brightly for Team Japan once again.
Standing tall and strong.
Naho doesn’t just radiate excitement for the team, she spreads love for women’s basketball around the world. Even during her busy schedule, Naho travels around Japan, giving basketball lessons to children. As a member of Global Team Toyota, she understands the importance of inspiring teammates and fans, leading them on and off the court. Just as any team captain would do.
"YOU HAVE TO ALWAYS THINK OF THE TEAM AND PUT THE TEAM BEFORE YOURSELF."
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