“Having a sister keeps you competitive and hungry for more because if I see my sister getting up to go running, then I feel I need to get some running in too.” - Reychel Douglas
Meet the Douglas Sisters...
by Corey Jones
Family is loyalty, and entirety exceeds the amount of its parts. Meaning, family is stronger together. Combining different assets, skills, strengths, knowledge, characters and more, provides a balance by filling voids where someone may lack. The Douglas sisters are the calm to each other’s storms, win together, lose together, and are there for each other every step of the way.
“Having a sister keeps you competitive and hungry for more because if I see my sister getting up to go running, then I feel I need to get some running in too. So, it keeps us interested in the game because it’s someone to push you, we feed off of each other, and it’s kept us motived,” Sophomore Reychel Douglas said.
Senior Reiven Douglas has set the tone for the Douglas sister’s journey. Reiven’s path not only defines “student-athlete” but goes above and beyond the typical, to the point it makes you question how she manages it all. Reiven is the 2021 Class President of Millbrook high school, an honor student, and a stand-out combo guard. She will further her academic and basketball career at Quinnipiac University.
“For one, I want to be a good example for Reychel. So, a lot of the stuff that I do is for her too,” Reiven said. “I also think it’s important to be involved. I’m really big on wanting to make connections. For example, being in student government, I’ve been able to get closer with my teachers, and I’ve made a lot of new friends. I know having this mindset will help make the transition easier from high school to attending a D1 University so far from home.”
Reychel, a proficient athlete, with versatility to excel at a handful of sports, was a starter on varsity for both volleyball and basketball as a freshman. Reychel’s niche is basketball, considering she already has eight (Division I) offers: Elon University, Florida, Hampton, James Madison University, University of Pittsburgh, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Vanderbilt, and Virginia Tech.
“Having all these offers pushes me to go harder because I know as soon as a girl in my class hears about it, she’s going to come at my neck, so I’ve got to keep going honestly, I can’t get comfortable,” Reychel said. “If I can get big enough to where I can pay my parents back, in any way, I will definitely take any available opportunity to do so.”
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