Not one to rest on her laurels– despite the fact that the previous Woman Rebel standout’s name still is atop the record books she reworded more than two decades earlier– Gwynn Hobbs Grant continues to work with Native American youths, mentoring high school students and inspiring them to pursue their dreams.
” I am a Rebel, and I’ll be a Rebel for life,” Grant said, prior to ending up being just the 5th ladies’s basketball gamer to be inducted into the UNLV Athletics Hall of Popularity in May. “UNLV gave me my degree, and it offered me an opportunity to do exactly what I love. It’s a basis for who I am, and it provided me an identity.”
Grant, ’95 Bachelor’s Degree Sociology, stuck out for setting long-lasting objectives and her legendary long-range stroke– she stays the program’s most precise three-point shooter at 40.6 percent– as a kid growing up on a Navajo booking in Ganado, Arizona.
” I had somebody I admired on the reservation,” Grant recalls. “My uncle was among the very best to come off the booking and play at the collegiate level. I wished to resemble him and play like him. I set my own dreams and my own objectives, and I wished to be one of the best players from the reservation. I wished to play Department I basketball, and I wanted to be the best at the college level too.”
Though her college playing career consisted of conference tournament MVP honors in the Lady Rebels’ Huge West title-winning 1993-94 season, academic all-conference honors all 4 years, and her name throughout the program’s record books, the three-time All-Big West Conference honoree made her most substantial mark on Native Americans. To this day, she still stumbles upon Native American kids who state they have her poster up on their walls.
While dipping into UNLV, she partnered with United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) as a spokesperson, talking to Native American students and student-athletes around the Southwest, both on and off bookings.
Formula for Success
“A lot of beliefs I had, I stood on. My coach in high school painted a formula on the wall that said ‘commitment + decision + hard work + sacrifice = success,'” she said. “Now that I’m a coach and the mom of four kids, I have actually informed them the same equation. Not only have I lived it, but it stands appropriate in sports, in education, or life in basic.”
Her message to making every effort Native Americans living on reservations mirrors her views on what it means to be a Native American woman: “I have the capability of heading out and making my own life, whether that’s on or off the booking. I’m happy to be who I am, and I’m proud to be a role model.”
Whether speaking with trainees on a UNITY trip, mentoring high school student-athletes at Choctaw Central High School, where she lives with her husband on the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians appointment, or advising her own kids, who aspire to be UNLV basketball players– none of whom, she states, can beat her at the video game– her suggestions is the exact same.
“Being Native American should not stop your dreams and goals,” she said. “We have just as much right (as anybody else) to chances to go and achieve our dreams and goals, not just in sports, but in anything they ‘d like to pursue.”