Girls and Women in Sports Day: Katie Douglas

Katie Douglas credits her parents for influencing her basketball career
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Who has had the biggest influence on your basketball career?

I would say that my parents had the biggest influence in my basketball career. When I was growing up they were extremely supportive and made sure that I was able to make it to all and any of my practices and or tournaments. They also taught me about work ethic and goal setting and I think they was definitely one of the biggest keys to my success.

Who were the top female athletes you looked up to while growing up?

There were not many top female athletes that I knew about growing up. But when I got to high school I had heard and got to see another top female Indiana basketball player named Stephanie White. I followed her high school career as she was putting up incredible numbers and receiving tons of national recognition. I ended up going to Purdue and had the opportunity to play with her for two years and got to learn so much from her.

Can you describe how it make you feel when a younger girl says she looks up to you as a role model?

When a younger girl comes up to me and says she looks up to me is a good feeling. Sometimes it has been for my work on the court but also sometimes a younger person recognizes the adversity I have faced off the court in life and looks up to me for my perserverance. Whatever the case, it is an honor to have someone look up to you as I try to make the right decisions in every aspect of my life.
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