Center Ice Spotlight: Nathan Rebello | South Brunswick, New Jersey
My name is Nathan, I’m from South Brunswick, New Jersey. I currently go to Millbrook Prep School where I study and play hockey. I started hockey at seven years old, when a friend introduced me to the game at a birthday party. As soon as my feet hit the ice, I fell in love with the sensation of skating and gliding across the ice. From that point forward, I knew I had to play ice hockey. I’ve played for the New Jersey Hitmen AAA, Mercer Chiefs AAA, and currently Millbrook Prep School. I’ve also been selected for several Atlantic District Player Development Camps and the USA Select 15 Festival at Kent University.
As soon as I heard the mission of HPOC, I knew I had to be an advocate for the cause. Being Indian, I have been a target of racism more times than I can count in a predominantly white sport. I know that using this platform, I can help other people deal with the same problems I do, and help advocate for equality and inclusion within the sport.
As an HPOC Ambassador, I am looking forward to being in a community where I can act as a mentor for others. Having faced racism numerous times in my life, I have learned how to deal with it and report it. Using this platform, I also look forward to being a mentor for those who need help.
A fun fact about me is that I have been playing the piano for 11 years, and absolutely LOVE it.
Jujhar Khaira is definitely a player I would love to have a conversation with. He is also of Indian descent, and I would love to know how he overcame adversities in his life not only on the ice but off it as well.
This one’s somewhat cliche, but my favorite pieces of advice came from one of my coaches during my peewee year: when you get knocked down, get back up. I’ve not only thought about that advice on the ice but off it as well. Finding ways to overcome adversities and hardships is important in order to progress in life, and I’m grateful he taught me that.
My dream is to play division I ice hockey.