Trinity Jackson, a longtime pillar of the Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé girl’s basketball team, signed her letter of intent to play basketball at Skagit Valley College on Wednesday.
The opportunity comes from hard work and dedication, said coach Steve Potter.
“She’s definitely always had the potential. It’s great to see her realize that,” Potter said in an interview. “I think it’s great she’s getting the opportunity.”
Jackson signed her letter of intent in the JDHS gym on Wednesday afternoon, surrounded by friends, family, teammates and coaches.
“There have been long nights working with her, playing ball,” said Jackson’s father, Brandon Jackson, in an interview. “It’s good to see the hard work go to something.”
SVC is located in Mount Vernon, Washington, located north of Everett, said Trinity Jackson. It’s a two-year college and its teams, the Cardinals, are part of the Northwest Athletic Conference, according to the school’s website.
“I’m hoping to go to a four-year (school) after so I can continue my studies,” Trinity Jackson said.
Trinity Jackson said she intends to study sports and fitness management with an eye on becoming a physical therapist down the line.
Trinity Jackson met with SVC coach Deb Castle previously at a training camp in Alaska before the college extended an offer. She thanked those around her for getting this far.
“Thanks to coach Potter, and all my coaches and family,” Trinity Jackson said. “And my teammates for putting up with me this season.”
Trinity Jackson said she’s excited to attend SVC beginning in September for multiple reasons.
“I didn’t want to go anywhere smack in the middle of a city,” Trinity Jackson said. “And it’s (team colors are) red so I don’t have to get rid of any of my stuff.”
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