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Landers Athlete of the Week: Sumer Williams - February 17

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Like most small towns, the town of Vivian doesn't have much.  You won't any find any malls, big buildings or much traffic. 

But, what you will find are champions.  The North Caddo girl’s basketball team is a back-to-back Class 2A state champion.

Senior guard, Sumer Williams, said, "They think people from places like this don't have any resources, they're wrong."

Sumer is one of the leaders of the Lady Rebels basketball team.  Ironically she is somewhat of a Rebel herself.

"Some people weren't very accepting of me at first and what I came with. You know, my personality, my smile, always laughing, loud, sometimes obnoxious."

Sumer was one of those kids who just always spoke her mind and wore her emotions on her shoulders.

"I heard it all. I heard man, nobody is ever going to want to coach you. She's uncoachable, nobody is ever going to want to deal with somebody like that.  That's the stuff I heard, but all I ever needed was some guidance,” she said.  “People who don't understand me stereotype me. People who don't get me or people who aren't that close to me, they stereotype me because of my outside appearance."

Sumer’s mother, Tasha Williams, said, "Sumer wrote a paper about a year ago pertaining to being stereotyped only as a black athlete and not as a smart person and that what she really wants to be known as, is educated."

But still, this athletic but educated young lady, often felt somewhat of a tug a war with the world until one day during her junior year.

Sumer was riding in car with friends when the driver lost control.  The car spun off the road and into the woods.

"No dent in the car, no broken glass, no scratch. It was almost like a tornado that circled the house but it didn’t touch the house and that's when I knew then that God was really protecting me, obviously he wants me here to do something."

Tasha added, "It really just shook her to the core and her life passed before her eyes and she realized that everything she does is precious and it's a gift."

It was a change Sumer says that was nurtured by her family and one of her coaches, Ricky Evans.

"He believed in me when I didn’t really have to much confidence in myself.  He never really let me down like other people so I believed in him."

Now, Sumer and her teammates are transforming Vivian from the town nobody talks about to a place where champions are born.

"We gave the kids hope and role models to look up to so they can have aspirations. Now they believe in something, now they believe in somebody instead of something.  “I'm genuinely happy. I'm happy with myself, my team, my family, my community and how they support us. You can't find that everywhere."

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