Photos by: Ivy Towler
Tell us more about the challenges you faced growing up.
I was born in inner city chicago without a father in one of the highest crime rate cities in america. My mom was a single mom who worked at the airport around the time before I moved to iowa city. She provided for me and my two brothers and one sister. I am the youngest out of the four they all have kids and only one of my brothers still lives here in iowa.
Why is basketball important to you?
Basketball is important to me because my father was the first person to put a ball in my hands and he passed away when I was younger. This is the way I live in and stay in connection with him because I know he is there with me every game. That is the main reason I play the game and I fell in love with it at a young age.
Tell us more about yourself.
Some of passions are playing basketball and working out. I love to stay fit and feel good about my body because being an athlete that is a great feeling. I see myself a black african american who is set up in this world to not do as well as others but I am here to prove others world and set an example for those younger than me. I see myself having a family and playing some type of professional basketball because that has always been a dream of mine since I was younger. I just have to work harder than anyone else is willing to work and that is something that I am willing to do. Being african american in today’s world is pretty challenging already with the stereotypes thrown at you from the start. I am someone who will fight for what I think is right and stick up for those who can’t stick up for themselves. I am a very loving and caring person.