Karyn Ford, an honor roll student with a 3.3 GPA who also lettered in track, cross country and volleyball wants to follow in her sister’s footsteps by playing for the Lady Demons and graduating from Northwestern State University (NSU) with a major in psychology. Karyn follows in both her sisters’ and mother’s athletic footsteps as basketball is a FAMILY AFFAIR!
Karyn’s basketball talent is shared by her two older sisters and her mother. Her oldest sister, Ebony, played for Pearland High School followed by NSU and her middle sister, Ashley, attended Lutheran South Academy and also played basketball in college. Her mother, Arlene Ford, not only played basketball in high school and at the collegiate level, at the University of Houston, but also played semi-pro and had a stint with the Houston Comets.
ENTER YES PREP
Arlene Ford had been coaching and teaching in Pearland for more than 15 years when she decided she wanted to do something different. She came to YES Prep Gulfton in 2014 where she started as the strength and conditioning coach for high school girls/boys basketball and coached the Varsity girls basketball team. By the end of the first semester, she was the middle school PE teacher and coaching both high school girls/boys basketball. Today, she is the Athletic Director and has held this position for three years.
Karyn was in eighth grade at the time that her mom started working at YES Prep Gulfton. Her mom saw how dedicated the teachers were to the organization’s mission and helped students in so many different ways that she wanted that for her daughter as well. For this reason, Karyn started ninth grade at Gulfton.
TRANSITIONING TO A NEW SCHOOL
Karyn was not a happy camper, but she began to make new friends and flourish academically. When teachers saw her struggling they sat with her and taught her one-on-one before and after school. Teachers that did not teach Karyn volunteered to tutor her in the more rigorous classes to help her succeed. Today, Karyn has maintained a 3.3 GPA and cannot see herself being at any other high school but YES Prep Gulfton.
SUCCESS IN BASKETBALL
According to MaxPreps.com, for Karyn’s 99-game career at YES Prep Gulfton, she has averaged 27.7 points, 12.1 rebounds, 5.5 steals and 2.3 blocks per game. Regarding her basketball abilities, NSU women’s basketball coach Jordan Dupuy said, “She came to our elite camp and won MVP because of how well she played on both ends. She was able to score from everywhere on the floor and also score with either hand over either shoulder. When you watch her, you don’t know if she’s left-handed or right-handed, especially in the paint. She can play within our system and will allow us to mix things up on both ends and create mismatches offensively.”
On Friday, November 16, at the YES Prep Gulfton gym, Karyn officially signed to play college women’s basketball at Northwestern State University. As for her career aspirations after college, Karyn would like to be a school counselor or a psychiatrist. When asked why, Karyn responded, “because I enjoy being that strong support person that we all need in our lives.” Karyn is the very first student athlete in the history of YES Prep to receive a scholarship to a D1 university.