Kaylynn Blizzard may be tough on the court, but she learned that strength by continuing to push to success without letting her limitations hold her back.
Blizzard is a four senior basketball play, a second year captain, Miss Green 2016 and made her 1000th point Friday night.
“She’s battled a lot of health issues,” Bobcat Coach Melissa Knapp explained.
Blizzard has lived her life with Type I Diabetes and also Celiac’s Disease.
“I think that’s what’s so significant about her journey,” said Knapp.
Knapp added that Blizzard has played until she collapsed on the court. Still, it has not stopped her.
“She’s very driven,” Knapp stated.
Not only does Blizzard play basketball but she plays travel ball in the summer, is a four year volleyball player and a three year track player.
“She never gets a break,” said Knapping, adding, “She wants to be a success in life.”
Despite her illness, Blizzard has never used it as an excuse. In fact, she was out three games this season because of an injury and still managed to hit this beloved milestone.
In addition to wanting that success and carrying that drive, Blizzard is keeping a tradition alive. Her grandpa, dad and siblings have all played basketball at Green.
After playing ball all of her life, Blizzard said she set the goal to reach 1000 when she was a freshman.
“I wanted to see my name on the board and to be a part of this community,” the young players stated.
Parents Emily and Aaron Blizzard couldn’t be more proud.
“It’s really exciting to see her make it to this goal. She’s really worked hard for it,” Emily commented. “She’s always just pushed herself.
Emily added that her daughter has always been a strong willed, motivated, hard working person.
Kaylynn couldn’ve made the point a game earlier at Western; however, it was a moment that she wanted to share with her team. Friday night, the girls hosted senior night, which just seemed like the right moment.
Kaylynn had 12 rebounds and 10 blocks for a triple-double.
Following the game she explained that though she was excited about her accomplishment, her team is always her first priority.
“The goal tonight was just to get the win,” she stated.
Though the Bobcats did not get the win, her team could not have been happier watching her in this moment.
Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1930 or on Twitter @nikkib45653.
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