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GARDEN CITY COMMUNITY COLLEGE’S, KAVITA AKULA, FEATURED IN AN ARTICLE ON ESPN INDIA

The remarkable story of GCCC's, Kavita Akula, and her incredible journey to the United States to play basketball is featured in a story written by Aishwarya Kumar, on ESPN India. The story chronicles Akula's amazing journey from India to the United States-one that began at a prestigious sports academy in Florida at the tender age of 14, eventually landing her at Garden City Community College, and perhaps will lead her to a major Division I college somewhere here in the United States.

Akula, recently honored as one of GCCC's top five students, was one of eight players from India to earn a basketball scholarship to the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida when she was just fourteen. At IMG in Florida, Akula demonstrated a strong work ethic, team leadership skills, and upon her graduation, she had interest from three Division I, NCAA schools. The story on ESPN India details how quickly her life changed, when shortly after her graduation from IMG, Akula's father passed away in India. She immediately left the Florida Academy to join her mother and family. Akula was so devastated at the loss of her father, that her return to basketball in the USA was questionable. When she was ready to return to the United States to finish her basketball journey, major colleges had already offered scholarships and a new year had started. Her IMG coach helped to look for opportunities, and she signed with Garden City Community College to start her college basketball career.

AT GCCC, Akula set a record for three-pointers in a game, with nine, and was on pace for the all-time school three-point record, when a concussion held her out of the last two games of the season. At GCCC, Akula became a fan favorite with her tenacious defense, selfless play, and spot on three-point shooting. Off the court, Akula worked hard in the classroom, and received one of the top five outstanding student awards at GCCC. You can read more about this gifted athlete from India at http://www.espn.in/espn/story/_/id/19246564.

Kavita Akula, passes the ball during a game in Conestoga Arena at Garden City Community College.