Ramatoulaye Sy never thought she would be a basketball player. After all, she didn't learn to play the game until 13, and most young girls in Senegal are not encouraged to play basketball. Growing up in Thies, Senegal, around the corner from SEED Academy, she urged her mom to let her join SEED Girls upon it's opening in 2013. Rama's mother was reluctant to let her join for fear that Rama's performance in school would suffer -- she was at the top of her class.
By 2014, Rama convinced her mother to let her join SEED and she has flourished ever since (in fact, her grades went up after joining SEED Girls!). After spending one year at SEED Girls, Rama finished at the top of her class and earned a scholarship to continue her studies and play basketball at the Masters Academy boarding school in Dobbs Ferry, New York -- the first SEED Girl to matriculate to school in the United States.
Rama arrived to Masters in Fall 2015 as a sophomore and quickly adjusted to the rigors of her new environment. She routinely finished on the honor role in her classes and starred for the Girls Varsity basketball team. Unfortunately, Rama's basketball season was cut short after she tore her ACL in January 2016. But this did not stop Rama.
This year, Rama is back on the court for the Masters team after a successful rehab, and continues to excel in the classroom.
We recently caught up with Rama in Manhattan when the Masters team played Lehman Prep. Rama reflected (see below) on her first year in America and the talented, Steven Counts, captured Rama on the court as she dominated her competition.
My First Year in America, By Ramatoulaye Sy
Masters vs Leman Prep by Steven Counts