Basketball means the world to me, and one of the most important things it has taught me is how to work hard and trust the process of constant improvement. Sports have an impact on everyone who watches and plays. My hope for the future of equality in sports is for the world to be more accepting of players of any skin color.
The first thing that led me to become a collegiate athlete was the possibility to graduate with a degree and set a great example for my family. With the benefits of being on scholarship at school, I made sure to take full advantage of the opportunity. In high school, my journey wasn’t what you’d think. I didn’t play on the varsity team until my junior year, when I got a lot better at basketball. I then finished my high school career at a prep school where there’s an even higher level of competition. I used this experience as my M.O. as I continued to excel in life and basketball.
I had to overcome obstacles that required me to make quick adjustments like going from my junior year of high school to attending prep school and having to stay away from home my senior year. Ever since, I’ve been attending college hundreds of miles from home. It was one of the toughest obstacles I had to overcome but it worked out in the end through hard work.
The biggest thing I’d tell myself is to be patient. Getting where I am today took a lot of that, along with resilience.
As a Black athlete, the most important things a person in my position can do are use my voice and platform and motivate others to push to create a greater narrative for one another.
It will take an effort from every player in the sports world to use sports as a pedestal to represent our country, but it is very possible for our generation and for future generations to come.