Gabby Anderson’s senior year at D.C. Everest changed when she heard five words from Fox News talking head Laura Ingraham.
“Just shut up and dribble.”
That was Ingraham’s response to Lebron James, who had given his take on President Trump earlier this year.
“To be honest, I got a little upset,” Anderson said of Ingraham’s comments.
But instead of complaining about it, Anderson got to work, looking to further Lebron James’ “More Than An Athlete” campaign.
“I know how hard it is to find your identity, especially at a young age, and to kind of grab a hold of it and make it your own.”
She says her work is not just for her, but all those around her.
“For all the student athletes who feel claustrophobic, by the box that society puts them in. But also for all the people who are willing to make change when it’s necessary.”
She debuted the project last week at D.C. Everest, and several students who were a part of were there.
“I’m really impressed with this entire project, and I was blown away by it,” said senior Alexis Wojnowiak.
“It doesn’t surprise me. I can see her doing this kind of stuff and she’s a great person,” said senior Jager Reissmann.
She hopes that Lebron will someday see the project, but ultimately, she wants to continue to showcase that athletes are so much more than what they do under the lights.
“The athletes that I interview are close friends, and classmates,” Anderson said. “I see the work their doing in the community, and who they are as people not just athletes. I know who they are off the court or off the field. Just being able to highlight that…it’s amazing.”
You can view the full video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8UmzxhOva4