Sydney Colson was born and raised in Houston, Texas. Colson attended Texas A&M University where she played as a guard on the schools basketball team and was the team captain for the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 school years. During her senior year at A&M, the team accomplished something that has never been done. They won the first NCAA Women’s Basketball National Championship in the 2010-2011 season. After that explosive finish in her college career, Colson was selected in the 2nd round (16th overall) in the 2011 WNBA Draft by the Connecticut Sun. She was then traded to the New York Liberty. Although Colson plays in the WNBA, she also plays overseas during the off season in Poland. Recently, I was able to catch-up with Ms. Colson to see how life has changed since winning the national championship and entering the professional arena.
Vesti: How did it feel to win the NCAA Women’s Basketball National Championship title when no one thought y’all could do it?
Colson: It was wonderful especially since we were the underdogs coming in. Most of us were seniors and we were at that point where we knew this was the time to conquer and win it all. After we beat Baylor in the tournament, I knew for sure we had it in us to go all the way.
Vesti: Since the win, who have you been able to meet?
Colson: I was able to go to the White House and meet Barak Obama which was amazing. We also met: Robert Gates- Secretary of Defense and George Bush- both senior and junior. But meeting Barak Obama had to be the icing on the cake.
Vesti: On draft day, how did it feel to accomplish something you dreamed about as a little girl playing basketball?
Colson: It was definitely a great experience. It was great to be able to meet players that I’ve played against and getting to know them outside of basketball. Once I’m done playing basketball, I want to be a sports broadcaster. On draft day I was able to meet people and make connections that would help me do so in the future.
Vesti: While playing in Poland twice, what have you been able to do in the community?
Colson: During my first year in Poland, we went to people’s houses that had foster children and brought them presents on Christmas Day; we also stayed for dinner. This past Valentine’s Day, a teammate and I made cupcakes and bought candy and delivered them to the homeless. You never know what someone is going through so to be able to put a smile on their face always makes me happy.
Vesti: In the future, do you see yourself starting your own foundation and/or camp for children?
Colson: I want to eventually create a non-profit camp for under privileged girls. The camp will consist of a Christian basketball camp along with nutrition classes and teach them how to carry themselves as young women.
I want to thank Sydney Colson for taking the time to do this interview. To fans, family, and friends continue to support Ms. Colson on all her endeavors on and off the court.
“I’m a caring person who wants to give back. When you’ve been blessed by God, it changes you and teaches you not to take things for granted.” –Sydney Colson