Chloe Malone – Texas Interview by Inspiring Teens Nomination by April Malone Photography by @vjenkinsphotography Issue 39 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: Where to start with Chloe??? She's amazing! I have never seen a child that works and loves so hard. She is a straight A student, teaches Bible study to kids on Sunday and Wednesday, has been a starter and now captain on the varsity basketball team for three going on four years. Chloe participates in the sports med program at school, is a member of Fellow Christian Athletes, student counsel, and was recently crowned Homecoming Queen. She is always looking out for her little sister, her friends, and her teammates. If it means they need a ride to practice, tutoring, or just someone to talk to Chloe is always there. This girl has a true zest for life! I honestly don't know how she does it all but as a mother I couldn't be prouder.
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Congratulations on being captain of the V Basketball team! What do you love about basketball, being captain and your team? I love playing basketball because it is my escape from everything, and I’ve been playing since I was 3 and have never felt how I feel on the court anywhere else. Also being a part of a team gives me a sense of belonging that isn't found anywhere else. My teammates are my best friends on and off the court and being able to play with them every day is amazing.
What is your favorite memory from basketball? My favorite memory from basketball is probably from my freshman year when my team was playing for a spot in the regional finals and we were down and fought together as a team and ended up winning that game and advancing to the regional finals. There is nothing I love more than being competitive and winning so that game just made me love basketball even more.
Tell us about the sports med program and Fellow Christian Athletes and what you do in each of them. In the sports medicine program, I am a Student Athletic Trainer which means I help take care of the athletes when they need water, are bleeding or get hurt during the practices or games. In Fellowship of Christian Athletes, we all meet up together and play team bonding games and have bible studies weekly, and just get together and worship.
What is the hardest thing you have ever accomplished, and how did you do it? Becoming TGCA All State basketball player three years in a row is a super big accomplishment for me. I have been working on my game day in and day out since I was five years old and first discovered how much I loved it. I have given up many of my nights and weekends so that I could practice, it takes a lot. Obviously if it wasn’t for the support of my coaches and family, the hours they put into me, the rides to practice, the financial support, and just them being there for me I am certain it would have been a lot more difficult.
Photography by April Malone
What advice would you give to someone who wants to be where you are today? I would say that hard work is an inevitable! When you run into an obstacle don’t give up, step back, reassess and make a more prepared approach to the situation. Just don’t give up!
If you could publicly present any topic to a group of your peers, what would it be and why? Peer pressure hands down. Youth today are so concerned with following the crowd and trying to fit in that sometimes they go too far. I really feel like at the end of the day you need to be able to not only live with your choices but be happy with them. Respect yourself enough to say no. 3 Things on your bucket list I want to play college basketball, travel all over and go deep sea fishing, and I would like to backpack through Europe.
Congratulations on getting homecoming queen! What is homecoming like at your school? What are your favorite traditions and what do you love to participate in most? At my school we don't do a homecoming dance, but homecoming is still a big thing. All week we do dress up days which is personally my favorite part of homecoming, then on Friday we have a pep rally for all the sports to get them pumped up for their games, and to get the fans ready to support.
Photography by April Malone
Where do you see yourself in 5 years/what are your plans? In five years, I hope to be graduating college with a degree in kinesiology and pursuing a career as a basketball coach and math teacher.
What is your favorite activity or pastime that was not in your nomination? I love to go fishing and cook out with my friends! I was raised in the country and it is just what we do.
Do you have a hidden talent? What is it? Yes! I am pretty good cook. Cooking and baking are things my mom and I have always enjoyed doing together and I have developed quite the talent for it.
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Who do you find inspiring? My coaches for sure. They time and effort that Coach Hilliard and Coach Sykes put into myself and my team is just unreal. They are so dedicated to our success on and off the court, and nothing gets by these two, I mean nothing. They love us like their own, talk to us when we need guidance, and correct us when we are wrong. That type of care, compassion and influence is what every kid needs and deserves in their life. This is exactly why I want to coach when I grow up.
What about you inspires others/why do you think you are inspiring? It’s so hard to say something like this about yourself. If I had to guess though, I would say it’s that I always push the people in my life to achieve their dreams. The younger kids, my teammates, they are all so important to me and I let them know it. I want them to have someone solid to look to when they are struggling or just looking for an example. Essentially, I try to treat everyone like they are someone special because I like to see people smile!
How do you keep your schedule straight when you are so busy? I keep track of everything in my phone and I schedule everything myself so that there is no confusion or conflicts, because its easy for that to happen. Being prepared for every day is probably the most important part of my routine. The little things like having my clothes laid out and making sure to pack snacks since I am always on the move make all the difference. There are a lot of times I squeeze in homework while I am on the way to games or waiting on my class to arrive at church so that I am not up too late getting that done.
Is there anything else you would like to tell us? At the end of the day when all is said and done, it’s my faith in God that drives me.
Look for Chloe in issue 39 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!