Great profile by Howard Tsumura’s Varsity Letters about Riverside basketball player Jessica Parker.

To tell the story of Jessica Parker without cutting corners is to be, at once, both challenged and inspired.

Her story is complicated, in all the ways that we as adults debate the parametres of our sport, one which needs both rigidity to survive and compassion to flourish.

Yet her story is also simple in the ways in which its very tenets of sacrifice and team work seemingly never fail to manifest themselves as the blueprint for journeys which exceed the norm.

To tell the story of Jessica Parker, you can’t wear rose-coloured glasses and you can’t pontificate from inside of a vacuum.

You need to step outside your comfort zone, as she has so bravely done, and make up your own mind as to what ultimately matters.

Read the whole profile at the link.