Congratulations to the 2013 winner of the CT RollerGirls Cindy Luberto Scholarship for Woman Athletes: Ashyla Cody!

Ashyla is a 2013 graduate of Stamford High School in Stamford, CT and will be attending the University of Connecticut in the Fall.

Photo courtesy of Ashyla Cody
Photo courtesy of Ashyla Cody

Ashyla’s personal story about how basketball provided her strength and inspiration throughout the struggles she has faced was selected from the many inspiring and impressive essays submitted for this year’s scholarship award. We thank all of the applicants for sharing their stories about their passion for the sports they play, and we hope they all will continue to pursue the sports that inspire them and fulfill their lives!

Here is Ashyla’s story in her own words:

“Life challenges are not supposed to paralyze you; they’re supposed to help you discover who you are” – (Reagan).

The person that you see, isn’t exactly who I am. Raised by a single, teenage mother, my alcoholic father was barely around and the person who inspired me the most was murdered. I’ve learned to live without a father or father figure. The age of 5, my father moved away and it marked the beginning of a relationship filled with inconsistency and instability. His role in my life was replaced by his brother, who became my father figure before his murder. Before my uncle was killed he taught me to be the ambitious person I am today. He showed me how to play basketball and supported me at my games. Playing basketball was a passion we shared. I was only 9 years old the night my uncle was murdered. My protector, my inspiration, was now my memory; he would never see me play again. His life inspired me to never give up and to play with my heart. Now I’ve been playing over 12 years. This year I fully realized the fruits of my labor, having been named MSG Varsity Player of the Week and reaching a career high of 21 points. I’ve learned to stand strong and faithful in the face of adversity. I‘ve learned how to persevere no matter how hard things might be. My future accomplishments Will be more meaningful because of my past struggles.

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy” – (Martin Luther King, Jr. ).