Hoop Dreams: 17-year-old basketball player from tiny First Nation earns full scholarship to U.S. college
August 21, 2020
Although 17-year-old Emily Mandamin is the first person from Iskatewizaagegan First Nation to earn a basketball scholarship, she is determined to make sure she isn't the last from the tiny northwestern Ontario community of approximately 300 people.
Mandamin was courted by 10 schools across Canada and the United States, finally committing to Highland Community College in Freeport, Ill., because she felt it was the best place to pursue both her academic and athletic ambitions.
"It's crazy what I have accomplished and sometimes I have to take a breath and step back," she said. "My mind just boggles and my brain explodes when I think, 'Wow! I really did that'."