Celebrating Breanna Williams – More Than a Basketball Star

Celebrating Breanna Williams: More Than a Basketball Star

It’s time to shine a spotlight on a remarkable young athlete and individual—Breanna Williams. You may know her as the Gatorade Player of the Year for 2024, and rightfully so. But there’s so much more to Breanna than her skills on the court.

Breanna, a senior power forward from Skyview High School, recently led her basketball team to an undefeated season, clinching the state championship once again in 2024. This impressive achievement follows their previous victory in 2022, showcasing Breanna’s consistent excellence and leadership.

What makes Breanna truly stand out, however, goes beyond her athletic prowess. She has been deeply involved in Skyview’s Unified Champion School program for three years. This initiative brings together students with and without disabilities through sports and other activities, fostering inclusion and understanding. Breanna’s connection to this cause stems from her early volunteer work with kids at the Boys and Girls Club, sparking a passion that led her to join the Unified program and become a positive force within her school community.

Breanna’s impact reaches far beyond the basketball court. Breanna was heavily recruited by top college programs nationwide, and she’s chosen to commit to the University of Maryland. There, she plans to study pre-med with a focus on orthopedics or sports medicine—a testament to her dedication both on and off the court.

From Jay Wahl, Skyview High School Principal:

“Everyone sees Breanna as the Gatorade Player of the Year and basketball star. We at Skyview are fortunate to see Breanna every day and how she is off the court. She is a leader who is respected by all students. She is an honor student, taking honor classes and college classes and has excellent grades, with a 4.1 GPA. Observing her relationships and time she spends with special needs students is inspiring. I hope that people can see her outside of a basketball player. For instance, she mows lawns during the summer. I was driving home one Friday night, and there she was, mowing lawns. Her parents and family are quality people that have instilled in their children that nothing short of hard work will get you where you are going.”

Breanna herself values the Unified program for the new perspective it provides. In her own words, “The best part of being part of Unified is that it gives you a different perspective. I could be having a rough day and that class makes my day. You don’t realize what others are going through.”

Breanna’s story is a reminder that true champions aren’t just measured by wins and points, but by the positive impact they have on others. Her choice to direct the $1,000 Gatorade grant to Special Olympics Montana reflects her commitment to using her platform for good.

Congratulations, Breanna, on your well-deserved recognition as the Gatorade Player of the Year. We look forward to seeing you continue to shine brightly, both on and off the court, as you embark on this exciting new chapter at the University of Maryland. Your dedication, kindness, and leadership inspire us all.