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In every classroom there’s a hooper that has crumbled paper, transformed the trashcan into a goal perfect for an alley-oop, lay-up, or jump shot.
That crumbled piece of paper is pretty much what happened to the basketball season. But this is bigger than basketball. This is about sports activism.
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Much of sisterhood is about pushing each other to be better. Ja’Mee Asberry (Oklahoma State) and Terryn Milton (University of Texas Arlington) have been in their bag.
“My culture is important to me. I want to inspire other Native American girls to get out there and do what they love. There aren’t a lot of natives out there hooping, I want to be someone that they can look up to,” said Kendra Littlewalker.
DARRIAN JORDAN believes that basketball builds a girl’s confidence. Says Jordan, “I think that it’s important for girls to participate in sports because it gives them a chance to build themselves up.”
The game means a lot to her. In many ways, basketball serves as an outlet.
“Basketball is my getaway from life when I’m stressed out, ” said Jordan.
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MYKAYLA DUMAS grew up a tomboy. Well, you know how that goes: the only girl at the court hooping with the boys. Don’t get it twisted — there’s nothing wrong with being a tomboy, in fact, she embraces who she is. SUBSCRIBE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE!
JA’MEE ASBERRY isn’t your average hooper. Her dedication to being the best easily separates her from anyone who thought they were competition.
To understand the sustained excellence of Asberry, you must grasp what lies at the heart of her success. It’s the same thing that’s at the root of all great players: killer instinct.
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Watch Ja’Mee Asberry go to work with Feed Your Game founder, Keenan Curry Jr.
CHRISTEN CURRY lives by the motto, “Failure is temporary.” Basketball has taught her to fight through failures. Says Curry, “You can always reach your goals if you push through the hard times.”
Growing up in a household with older brothers who hooped, it was only natural for her to pick up a basketball. “All of my brothers played so I wanted to give it a try,” said Curry. Now it’s her turn to shine.
Christen Curry recently signed with Colorado Christian University. Watch how the PG is working on her handles!
SHEESH — April was like no other: No organized sports and a new reality due to COVID-19. The world as we knew it no longer exists.
While we learned to cope without basketball as we know it, we still found a way to stay connected. If I learned anything from this pandemic, it taught me that I am stronger than I thought.
Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. Think of this moment as a timeout, when the referee blows the whistle we’ll come out of this timeout more resilient.
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JEM TSURUMOTO was told she was too small to hoop for a Division I program. Say’s Tsuromoto, “If I didn’t believe in myself they would have been right.”
She played for the University of California, Irvine. But her journey to fulfill her dream wasn’t an easy task. Tsurumoto spent two years at Santa Rosa Junior College before she stepped on the campus of UC Irvine.
But don’t get it twisted, junior college hoops are competitive. While working hard to begin her next chapter, she snagged a championship. Wait … did I mention she did it with a broken hand and wrist? “It was the best feeling in the world knowing that you are better than every other team in the state of California,” said Tsurumoto.
The world knew her as GiGi, her mother, Vanessa Bryant knew her as “sweet baby girl.” We will never know where basketball would have led her. However, we do know that she was already making her mark on the game. GiGi was a budding star in her own right.
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Jordan Evans knows how important it is for young girls to see women in the locker room or on the bench teaching the game.
Says Evans, “It’s very important for girls to see women out there paying it forward, it shows them that this is something that they can do as well.”
Playing basketball built her mental toughness. There were moments in which she felt like giving up, however, the game taught her to push through adversity.
THESE DAYS, HAILEY JACKSON LIVES IN THE GYM. Last summer in Atlanta, I had a chance to watch her play in the Nike Tournament of Champions with Team Tulsa. She was in 8th grade at the time. Now, she’s a freshman post player starting varsity at Sand Springs High School.
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They say that one of the best things about having a sister is that you will have a friend forever. Those rules don’t apply once you step on the hardwood. When real ballplayers hoop, they don’t have friends on the court.
Siblings Breonna Blakley, Ma’kayla Blakley, and Nakya Blakley put all of their feelings aside when the game tips-off. In this game, you play to compete, you can be friends when the game is over.
“Basketball never stops.” Yet, gyms are empty and players aren’t participating in games. These are unprecedented times and for once it’s not about the game — it’s about protecting the players and fans.
STUDENT-ATHLETES often get a bad reputation. Grace Bump, a sophomore at Claremore High School is changing that narrative. Sure, some athletes do just enough to stay eligible. But she has a GPA of 4.1. She’s the epitome of a student-athlete in so many ways.
DEEP inhale, long exhale. Life goes by so quickly. It’s been ten years since I…