Please enjoy written pieces about Black girls and sports written by Taylor McCray, Brianna Alvarez and Madison Moore.
I used to be scared to swim when I was younger. I was scared because I was small and couldn’t reach the bottom of the pool. Every time I’d go to the pool I always watch people play and have fun. It wasn’t really fun for me because I’d be too scared to let go of the wall and go underwater. Everyone would go out into the water, have fun splashing around and I would be left alone on the wall.
About two years ago I was able to touch the bottom of the pool. Even though I wore goggles I was still afraid to go underwater. I’d always walk around and play with the water. At the pool I did make some friends. I was going to go underwater for the first time. One of my friends encouraged me to go underwater and I finally had the courage to go underwater. It was cool to finally be underwater for the first time, without being afraid. The more I went underwater and learn to hold my breath, the easier it became to learn how to do other things in the water. I learned to float and swim underwater. I even told my parents that I was ready for swimming lessons to really learn how to swim. I am so happy that I got over my fear and learned how to hold my breath and leave the side of the wall.
Written By Taylor McCray
Basketball to me helps center me or makes me feel good. It’s a craft that you gotta work at if you wanna succeed. June 6,1946 was when the NBA was created it brought up many great names like Michael Jordan, Stephen Curry, and Kobe Bryant. Women are involved with this sport too, but they don’t get the same recognition as the men. We’re playing the same game but is it different just because of our gender?
There’s a huge difference in the payment. For example Stephen Curry is the highest paid player in the NBA with $40.2 million. A player from the WNBA for example Candace Parker is only paid $5 million. To me I don’t see how that’s fair cause they both can shoot the same amount of 3’s so why can’t they get paid the same amount of money.
Both sides bring in different crowds. People would spend thousands of dollars to go see a team in the NBA league play in a stadium, but won’t spend their time or money to watch the girls play in the WNBA. Girls when it comes to basketball can play just as good as boys so when a girls basketball team comes on tv why do you change the channel? I don’t see anyone wearing a Phoenix Mercury jersey but when I do see someone with a jersey is either Golden State or Los Angeles Lakers.
Streetball is basketball but you're just playing to play. No referee, no one telling you who to guard or how to shoot. You're just playing no plays, but it’s the game you make and you are your own coach. A girl walks on the court with her Kyrie Flytrap II on and her basketball shorts on ready to play. When she walks on the court people just stare like “Why is she here and not at cheerleading practice?”. A boy walks on thinking he can take her on and asks to 1v1. She says okay cause who backs down from a challenge. She starts to check up the ball and she hears his friend say “ Ay, go easy on her bro she’s a girl”, that only made the girl go harder. Blocking shots, making layups and jumpshots back to back. The girl ends up winning and the boys gives her respect, but that one friends says “ she’s good, for a girl”
I’m a basketball player and I’m a girl.There are many other girls who play basketball and want to become up and coming basketball stars. Women and girls work hard and earn their place in the basketball world. So as an upcoming basketball player, respect and fairness is all I ask, don't see me for my gender but for my hard work I put in because believe it or not it’s proven that girls can learn faster when it comes to basketball we so higher chances to succeed. So support and don’t discriminate and make us girls feel like we can’t be good enough because we are girls. A girl can do anything a boy can and a woman can do anything a man can.
Written By Brianna Alvarez
Written By Madison Moore