It Was A Facebook Video That Sent Small-Town Girl Kavita From Bhilai To USA For Free At Mere Age Of 13; Now 8 Years Later She Eyes WNBA Spot
A small-town girl from the Bhilai district of Chhattisgarh, Kavita Akula has made not just her district, but the entire country proud by receiving a full-fledged sports scholarship by the Grand Canyon University, USA. Kavita has now become the first Indian-born female basketball player to achieve this feat.
Kavita's journey to success began way back in the year 2010 when after her education at the Garden city Community College, she was on the lookout for higher opportunities. However, Kavita was unable make a crack through. After a long wait, it was a simple video upload on social media that changed Kavita;s life forever.
After facing disappointment, Kavita;s college coach stepped-up with a helping hand. All he did was upload Kavita;s video of playing basketball on Facebook. The video received massive attention and finally was viewed by the Grand Canyon University, USA. Impressed by her tactics and skills, they immediately offered Kavita a full scholarship.
By the end of May, Kavita enrolled at the University, making her the first Indian female basketball player to receive a full scholarship in a US University.
My coach made a highlights video for me and posted it on Facebook. The people at Grand Canyon University saw it and recruited me, stated Kavita in excitement.
Kavita;s American dream began way back in the year 2010 when IMG University in Florida selected almost 8 young Indians for a basketball scholarship.
Kavita however failed to make the cut as 7;2 Satnam Singh was selected for a scholarship. He is very tall, which is a big advantage. When he was picked by Dallas Mavericks, I was upset& I;m pretty short, so I didn;t get that option. I have to go step-by-step — high school, junior college, college and then the pros, stated the 21-year-old.
However, the defeat didn;t stop Kavita from working hard. While her coach had a huge in building her career, her family had an equally important role to play.
At the age of 13, I moved from a Hindi-medium school in Bhilai to an English-medium school in Florida. I had to learn English, and I missed my family and friends, stated Kavita.
The basketball champ lost her father by the time she was in high school. Losing my dad hurt me a lot. I didn;t want to go back to America. Although Kavita returned home for a while, she chose to complete her education in the states. Himamshu Dabir (Chief of Basketball Operations, Basketball Federation of India) convinced me to return and complete my education. It turned out to be an excellent advice.
Well, Kavita has surely come a long way from being a small-town girl to being a basketball champ in the States. In a country that fails to go beyond cricket in sports, Kavita;s feat is truly remarkable.