Carr overcomes challenges to earn college basketball scholarship
Chaunice Carr may suffer from a slight identity crisis.
"People don't know who I am," said the senior basketball player who helped Anchorage Christian School to a second straight state 3A title this season with a win over Sitka.
"A lot of people get there, and it takes a couple of years to get back. The fact we went back-to-back, was awesome, it was amazing," said Carr.
Basketball has been a big part of her life, as she has played it since the age of 4-- when her father first put a basketball in her hands.
"I'm not good at individual sports, I'm such a team player, I love playing with people, I love people in general," Carr said during a break from classes.
But, her love of sports didn't always carry over to the classroom. She admits the early days as a student-athlete proved to be less than stellar.
"I would miss school and I wouldn't get the notes; when it came to the test, I was like, 'that's not what I really needed,'" Carr said.
Her home life also proved to be a challenge. Her mom worked two jobs, 12 hours a day to support the family.
"I would spend a lot of time away from my mom-- this season and last season-- I wouldn't see my mom a lot, we had late practices, and my mom went to bed early. I wasn't seeing my mom for about an hour a day," said Carr.
But, she turned it around, realizing the path she was on was leading her to a place she didn't want to be.
"Grades are everything, grades can give you $3,000 or they could give you $100," said Carr, as the grades improved and the reward came, a basketball scholarship to Skagit Valley College in Washington State.
In the end, one of Chaunice Carr's most important lessons came outside the classroom, one she learned in time.
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