Allison Moreau – 17 – New York Interview by Zoe D’Angelo Nominated and Photography by Eve Taverne Photography Issue 17 | Athlete
The Nomination: Allison is currently at 2266 career points, 3rd place in NYS Section III for Girls Basketball, all-time scoring record for her school. She is the NYS Section III Soccer Career Shutout Leader for 2018 and received a Div II college soccer scholarship from Lemoyne. She mentors, volunteers and raised $2300 for Think Pink in memory of her coach and his daughter who passed within 6 weeks of each other last year.
Update since her nomination! Allison finished her basketball career with total of 2286 points. 3rd behind Breanna Stewart (WNBA MVP) and Iowa State Star Emily Durr!
How did your interest of basketball and soccer start?
My hometown provides many opportunities for older athletes to volunteer their time mentoring young and upcoming players. Growing up participating in these programs at a young age, I looked up to these role models and began to develop a love of both soccer and basketball. The inspiration I gained encouraged me to always work to improve my skills. I now enjoy being the older athlete teaching a younger generation how to play and embrace the sports I love.
Tell me about the NYS Section III Soccer Career Shutout Leader for 2018.
I am very humbled to have reached this milestone. I was fortunate through the years to have very strong teammates that helped me get to this record. With a coach who had a philosophy of “defense first”, I did my best to keep the ball out of the net each and every time. Throughout my high school career, I was able to do this in 61 games to break the shut-out record held in Section III in NY State.
What is Think Pink and how are you involved?
Our soccer and basketball teams were coached by Tim Clive and his son Devin. Tim’s daughter and Devin’s sister, Kari, lost her battle with breast cancer in late December last year. Coach Tim Clive passed away unexpectedly 6 weeks later from cancer as well. As a 3-year Captain of both teams, I helped organize events at our games to raise money for cancer research in memory of Kari and Tim Clive. Our events included bakes sales, donations, raffles and were strongly supported by our community and other schools in our area. Our last event was a “Shoot for a Cure” basketball game and the opposing team’s coaches wore pink and their players donned pink shoelaces in support.
If you weren’t involved with basketball and soccer, what do you think you would be doing and why?
If I were not involved with soccer and basketball, I would most likely be involved with activities helping young kids. I know how much I admired and looked up to older students and how much they helped me over the years, I would try to do even more mentoring, tutoring or whatever helped kids to grow and reach their full potential.
What are your plans for the future?
I will be attending LeMoyne College in the fall. I will be playing soccer for the Dolphins as a Goalie and working toward an academic degree that allows me to continue helping children.
Allison will be featured in Issue 17 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!
The Nomination: Justin is a great guy loves to travel has been in sports all his life. In middle school he decided to take on only basketball and has had many achievements from it. He was a sectional champion this year and received MVP and many other awards. He's starting to teach himself guitar and just started at IUN for business with a basketball scholarship. Anything he puts his mind to he does with his whole heart
What are your favorite places to travel to with your friends/family? My favorite place to travel with my family is probably Texas because then we’re surrounded by more family that live down there.
Tell me a little bit about receiving the MVP award for basketball. Receiving the MVP award was awesome for me, because my dream growing up was to be good enough to earn something that big.
If you weren’t playing basketball, what other sport would you want to progress in? If I wasn’t playing basketball I would probably look to excel in body building because I love working out and lifting weights.
What are 2 pieces of advice that you would give to a beginning basketball player wanting to play in the NBA one day? Advice I’d give to someone just starting out is, work really hard and set goals, don’t give up if you’re struggling because pushing through the frustration will lead you to your goal.
What are your plans for after you graduate college? After I graduate college I’m going to start looking for a full time job that relates to my diploma.