Former CCISD Student Honored at Special Ceremony
By Rachel Taylor, sophomore and assistant editor at Clear Brook High School
Clear Brook High School alumna Chameka Scott has been in love with basketball for as long as she can remember. It was a love affair that took her from being a five-year old playing in a local recreational league to being the only former Clear Creek Independent School District athlete to make it to the WNBA.
Scott recently returned to her alma mater when the Clear Brook Lady Wolverines basketball team, school administrators and her former coaches held a special ceremony recognizing her strength, integrity, and commitment to furthering women’s athletics and always carrying the Wolverine spirit with her through her successes.
“I was walking with my best friend one day and we were just reminiscing about our old high school basketball days,” said Scott. “The discipline we were taught to get out of bed early, show up for practice on time and sometimes miss out on normal high school experiences is something that I think has helped me in every one of my life struggles.”
Following a successful high school career at Clear Brook where she lead the Lady Wolverines to a district championship, Scott went on to play college basketball at Baylor University. She served as a Tri-Captain her senior year, started in 54 consecutive games and helped earn a national title for the Lady Bears in 2005. Scott’s success at Baylor helped her achieve her ultimate dream of playing professional basketball in the WNBA with the Sacramento Monarchs.
Most recently, however, Scott was in a fight for her life against her toughest opponent yet: cancer. Dream turned to nightmare in 2008 when Scott was diagnosed with Chron’s cancer, bringing her basketball career to a screeching halt. Scott credits her passion for life and her faith in helping her get through these life-altering circumstances – faith that was tested further this past July when she was diagnosed with colon cancer.
“My faith and family were my anchors through everything and also knowing that I am not in control of the bigger plan for myself,” said Scott, adding that she used the disciplinary skills she learned throughout her basketball career to stay positive and fight through it. “What I took away most from this experience is that throughout life, you learn so much. I would say that the fight is worth it and you can get through whatever you need to because there is nothing incomplete someone who conquers the inevitable.”
There were so many opportunities for Scott to give up on her intense battle, but as a strong and disciplined female athlete, she stuck through it. She did, however, struggle to hold back tears during the special ceremony at Clear Brook as she saw her high school jersey number being raised in the gym where her dreams began.
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