Video: Basketball Phenom and Fourth Grader Jaelyn Bates is My Hero!

As a kid you couldn’t get me off the basketball court or my driveway for that matter. I was so disciplined I would shoot over a thousand baskets a day (I still have it on record with the tally marks and everything), worked on conditioning and ate right in the hopes of making the basketball team. Basketball was my passion and I had one day hoped to be the first woman in the NBA, well that was until I found out Anne Meyers Drysdale had already beat me to it! I eventually learned that my short stature wouldn’t help me any and decided that instead of playing basketball, I actually enjoyed talking about it; which led me to my college internships in the sports department at two television stations in Sacramento.

I still enjoy watching basketball, this sport will always hold a special place in my heart. It not only taught me about team work, but I learned how disciplined I could be when I was passionate about something. Isn’t it amazing what sports can teach us?

Well, speaking of youth sports and “hoops” there’s a fourth grader by the name of Jaelyn Bates that is not only inspiring me, but an entire nation with her amazing talent! She plays on the boys team in school, and let me tell you, she can school those boys like nobody’s business. The boys on her team don’t have a problem with her, in fact she’s one of the big reasons they should be heading to the playoffs, but since she’s a girl on a boys team, they aren’t allowed to. According to the Today show, “the team was told they could not play in a qualifier for the national championships, called the Southwest Salsa Slam, with her on the roster, because girls can’t play with boys, and vice versa.” Apparently the “American Athletic Union doesn’t allow boys and girls to play in the same game.”

 

Hoops star and fourth grader Jaelyn Bates should be heading to the qualifier for the National Championship, but since she's a girl on a boys team, she isn't. Image courtesy of Today

Hoops star and fourth grader Jaelyn Bates should be heading to the qualifier for the National Championship, but since she’s a girl on a boys team, she isn’t. Image courtesy of Today

 

Their coach “Kevin Frey, went to every player, and asked how each boy felt about Jaelyn not being able to play. “They didn’t feel good and they don’t want to play without her.” I can only imagine how much Jaelyn and her teammates would have loved the opportunity to play in the Southwest Salsa Slam, but as we all know from watching the clip below…this isn’t the last we’ll see of Jaelyn. She is talented beyond measure, and we will be talking about her and her amazing talent for years to come! *We’re so happy to hear that Jaelyn and her teammates will be allowed to play in the tournament! Such fantastic news.

 

Basketball star and fourth grader Jaelyn Bates schools on the basketball court!

Basketball star and fourth grader Jaelyn Bates schools on the basketball court!

 

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2 Comments

  1. Juliet Bates
    August 6, 2015 / 11:27 am

    Thank you for that wonderful article! I am Jaelyn’s mother and a year later we are fidning amazing pieces by supporters and not so amazing pieces by non-supporters. I will share this with her, again thank you so much!
    Juliet

    • August 6, 2015 / 11:35 am

      Hi Juliet,

      Thank you so much for the nice comment! Jaelyn is such an inspiration! Watching her play definitely brought back a lot of memories of my youth, I just wish I had had her talent. 🙂 I hope she’s doing well and continuing to play basketball.

      Thank you!

      Best,
      Candi

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