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KOKOnista Of The Day: Sydney Carter Is The Basketball Coach Inspiring Black Women To Unapologetically Slay In Power Positions

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Sydney Carter, is an accomplished basketball player turned coach for Texas A&M’s Division 1 women’s team, caught the internet’s attention earlier this month when a photo of her game-day outfit went viral. In the images Carter wears bubblegum-pink leather pants from Fashion Nova, a white turtleneck, and heels. It was honestly a vibe.

Sydney Carter is a former professional basketball player and Texas A&M’s Division 1 women’s team coach. Her birthday is November 18th, 1990, and was born to Don and Suzy Atchison.

She has six brothers and sisters, Damian, Brittany, Chelsea, Tierney, Greg, and Diamond. She went to Texas A&M University, where she played alongside Sydney Colson and Danielle Adams, the center for the San Antonio Stars.
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When she was in her junior year, she was instrumental in the Aggies’ NCAA championship win, which was her first in collegiate basketball.

Carter was selected by the Chicago Sky in the third round (twenty-eighth overall) of the 2012 WNBA Draft, making her the 28th overall choice.

Despite agreeing to a training camp contract with the Atlanta Dream on March 18, 2013, Carter was released prior to the start of the team’s regular-season the following month. On June 10, 2013, Carter inked a contract with the Connecticut Sun.

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On her trending outfit incident, Carter is taking it all in stride and addressed the mini controversy on Instagram and in an interview. “I literally post every [game day] outfit,”  adding, “I just think that people are uncomfortable with a Black woman being in a power position.” She said that for some, “When you see a Black woman who is actually confident and embracing herself, I think that that’s very intimidating.”

She also noted the ridiculous catch-22 of being a woman in sports: “You hear so many times that people don’t want to watch women play basketball, because there’s too many that look manly, or they play like a guy or don’t play enough like guys…. Women can never satisfy anybody in any aspect of life.”

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