A family tradition: Davenport chases basketball dream

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Gabriel Christensen
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Basketball runs in the family for this University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Women’s Basketball player. Sophomore Remy Davenport has been playing ball since kindergarten— with the support and guidance of her parents, who both played as well.

Davenport’s younger sister, who is a junior in high school, also plays.

Although Davenport’s younger sister is unsure of which college she will attend, Davenport believes it will most likely not be UNO.

“I don’t think she’ll come here,” Davenport said, “I don’t think she wants to follow me!”

Davenport grew up in Kansas City suburb, Blue Springs, Missouri, where her family resides now. Despite the distance, Davenport’s family remains close.

“They come to almost all of my games and I go home as often as possible,” Davenport said.

However, Davenport has found a second home on the court next to her teammates—she was sold on UNO after her first visit.

Photo Courtesy of UNO Athleteics
Photo Courtesy of UNO Athleteics

“I really liked the whole athletic department,” Davenport said, “And the team gets along really well—we’re a family.”

Basketball is essential to Davenport’s life; it’s what she’s always known.

“Playing in college has always been a dream of mine,” Davenport said, “But in high school, I realized that I wanted to make it a reality.”

This reality demands time-commitment; however, Davenport assures that the rewards outnumber the struggles.

“It’s fun playing with my friends out on the court,” Davenport said, “And it’s always fun to win.”
Age doesn’t necessarily dictate a leadership role, as Davenport has demonstrated.

“We have a lot of leaders on the team.” Davenport said, “On the court, I try to make sure everyone is in the right spot.”

Davenport is also enrolled in Athletes InterVarsity.

Athletes InterVarsity, a ministry of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, pulls the athletic community together and gives student athletes a place to learn and grow in their faith.

Davenport—situated at a table in UNO’s Hamilton Learning Center, with a backpack dropped in the chair next to her—recognizes that school is as equally important as basketball.

“Basketball isn’t everything,” Davenport said, “Especially now that I’m in college, I’ve started focusing on my future a lot more.”

The future looks bright for Davenport, as she is majoring in Business-Marketing. Although success is important to her, Davenport harbors another strong passion.

“I want to be a coach after I graduate,” Davenport said.

Davenport emphasizes the importance of organization and remaining focused; yet, has another powerful message to send to all students: “Don’t get overwhelmed—everything can be doable.”

At the end of the day, Davenport winds down by reading, watching a movie, or hanging out with her roommates.

With dedication, a strong support system, and commitment, Davenport leads her peers on and off the court.

One thing is certain: no matter where she goes or what she does; Davenport’s heart will always remain in the game—and the game will always remain in her heart.

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