Waddy-Blow motivated by family’s support

By Fredy Ramirez

Junior forward Chelsea Waddy-Blow is having a good year for the women’s basketball team, leading them in points per game.

Her love for the game started long before she became a Cal Poly Pomona Bronco.

Waddy-Blow started playing basketball at the age of four.

Like most collegiate athletes, she played multiple sports at a young age and excelled at them.

As she grew older and entered high school, she began to stand out in basketball and tennis.

She continued to play both sports throughout high school, but received more attention for her skills on the basketball court. This landed her a spot on the women’s basketball team at CPP.

It is here where she began to develop her game more and take it to the next level.

“I’ve always looked at Shaq, I like Kevin Love and Charles Barkley a little bit,” said Waddy-Blow.

Two hall-of-famers and a National Basketball Association all-star are the people who she models her game after.

Waddy-Blow has a high standard that she holds herself to on the court.

Waddy-Blow also understands the importance of being a student. She values academics and that drives her to be an athlete.

She knew the financial burden of university tuition and how that could be lifted off of her family’s shoulders if she excelled in sports. The better she got at playing basketball, the more likely it was that she would receive scholarship offers.

This is what drove her and continues to drive her every day.

Waddy-Blow has always had a supportive cast around her.

“My mom and dad always try to make the games,” Waddy-Blow said. “Every time we have a game in L.A. my grandparents always go.”

Her family shows their support by sending her encouraging text messages before games.

This support is what drives Waddy-Blow to succeed.

Waddy-Blow scored a game-high 18 points against Cal State East Bay in December

Courtesy of Bronco Athletics

Waddy-Blow scored a game-high 18 points against Cal State East Bay in December

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