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Perseverance: Nyeshia Stevenson works hard to repay parents who sacrificed for her

By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer, Published: April 4, 2010
The senior guard did not grow up a child of privilege, but her parents, Stacey and Yvonne, made sure she could play basketball.

"My parents, they don’t have a little, but they don’t have a lot.

"Basketball was something that I got interested in, and if you think about AAU and things like that, that’s a lot of money. I really just loved them for (spending the money) because I was horrible. They still paid the money. They still believed in me when no one else did.

"We could’ve bought groceries or clothes with all that money. Instead, they said, ‘Hey, let’s go get you some basketball shoes’ or ‘Let’s go put you on this team.’

"I always was the one who wanted that pair of Jordans or those pair of shorts. And they got it for me mainly because I was good at school. My grades were awesome. They knew I was working hard in school. They knew I wasn’t making basketball an excuse.

"My dad .