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By Derrick Smith
 
Sydney Brown first picked up a basketball at the age of four. Little did any of her family know exactly how deeply she would fall in love with the game of basketball. Brown, who is now a senior at Yukon High School, says that there are a few coaches to thank for helping her get to where she is now. 
 
“Richie Meyers was one of the first coaches that I met when I started playing for Swarm in the summer going into third grade,” she said. “He has been my mentor off the court as well. He has always been someone I could look up to and really knew how to coach me and took the time to get to know me not just as a player but as a person. Also, coach Roy and coach Chaz have also played huge roles in my development as a player. They have pushed me to be a leader on and off the court. They helped me to believe in myself as a player when they showed me they believed in me not just as a player but as a person.  That will be something that sticks with me beyond basketball.”
 
Sydney says that becoming the athlete she is today has taken a lot, but she knows that is what it requires. “I haven’t done anything more than any other competitive basketball player out there,” she said. “We all have put hours and hours of practice in and miss out on special events because we had a game or practice. But I also think how people rate success is different.  Some could rate their level of success by the trophies and wins, but for me to feel successful in basketball is for me to be known for my character and reputation on and off the court.” 

Brown has already made her plans to play at the next level. “I had six college offers and heard from a few other colleges,” she said. “But I have verbally committed to Redlands Community College to further my education and athletic career. I’m wanting to be a nurse practitioner and Redlands seems to have the best of both education and athletic worlds. I love the coaching staff and the basketball program they have and the nursing program that Redlands provide will provide a firm foundation to help with the beginning steps.”

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