Lakota West Firebirds

    Amber Gray

    Lakota West Class of 2008: Basketball and Volleyball

    Amber was a McDonald All American, Nike1st Team All American and Parade
    1 st Team All American in basketball. She is the only such honoree
    in Lakota School District history. Amber was the All Ohio Player of Year in
    basketball. Amber was named All Ohio in two sports, 4 years for basketball
    & 1 year for volleyball. Amber was a 3-time GMC basketball Player of
    Year (only boy or girl ever so honored, either at Lakota or within the
    league) and four-time All GMC 1st team. She was named GMC 1st team for
    volleyball. Amber is the all-time Lakota School District Basketball Leading
    scorer with 1931 career points, boys or girls and the all-time Lakota
    Basketball Leading rebounder with 925 career, boys or girls. Amber’s jersey
    number is the only one ever retired at Lakota West. She is a member of the
    Butler County Sports Hall of Fame.

    Amber’s teams had great success on the court. In basketball, her teams won
    two GMC titles, went to Regionals her sophomore and junior years and
    finished as State Runner-Up her senior year. In three volleyball seasons,
    her teams won two GMC Championships and were Regional Semi-Finalists.

    Amber earned a scholarship to the University of Tennessee. The legendary
    coach, Pat Summit, recruited her. In April of 2009, she injured her left
    shoulder during a post-season practice, which led to her having shoulder
    surgery in July. Following a routine surgical procedure to repair a torn
    labrum, Amber suffered a hemorrhagic stroke and a ruptured brain aneurysm.
    She stayed home in Cincinnati for rehabilitation before being medically
    cleared to continue her education and to play basketball with Xavier
    University. She finished her basketball career by earning All-Conference
    honors.

    After graduation, Amber coached at Kennesaw State University and Wright
    State University. In 2016, Amber began her professional basketball career
    in Europe. Amber is the founder of WHERE2NEXT.

    Favorites:
    BOOK FOR LEADERS:
    I love Jon Gordon’s books for leaders. One of my favorites
    is The Energy Bus.

    ATHLETE:
    My Favorite basketball player is Kobe Bryant on the court but overall
    it would have to LeBron James. I look up to him and all he is doing for
    Akron because I hope to do the same in our community.

    PROFESSIONAL SPORTS TEAM:
    LA Lakers

    SPORTS MOVIE:
    Coach Carter

    INSTAGRAM: @where.2.next

    QUOTE THAT IS IMPORTANT TO YOU:
    “Believe in something even if it means
    sacrificing everything.”

    IF YOU KNEW THEN WHAT YOU KNOW NOW…WHAT WOULD YOU TELL THE HIGH
    SCHOOL AMBER?:
    It is okay to be YOU… don’t lose who you are trying to fit
    in. If someone does not like you that is on them.

    THE BEST THING ABOUT BEING A FIREBIRD WAS…
    The sense of community.

    CURRENT JOB:
    I am the assistant manager for Oakley, Business Owner
    (WHERE2NEXT), basketball coach at Lakota Plains, and Professional Women’s
    Basketball Player

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