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By Lucie McCormick
| June 27, 2018
Most people know Maura Healey as the attorney general of Massachusetts. But before that, she was a basketball player. She developed a love of the sport growing up and, after graduating from Harvard University, went on to play professionally in Austria for two years.
“Sports were a salvation for me, especially when my parents split up,” Healey told Jeff Milien, a student at Boston International High School and a participant in Scholar Athletes—a non-profit aimed at raising academic outcomes through athletics for student Zone members in Boston, Everett, and Springfield. “That’s what really taught me the lessons that I still carry with me today about hard work, discipline, how to win, how to lose, and come back from failure.”
Healey believes the skills she learned as an athlete were critical in getting elected, as well as in doing her day-to-day work serving the people of the commonwealth. “To me, that’s why a program like Scholar Athletes is so important,” Healey said. It’s “an opportunity for some young person to believe in themselves.”
To learn more about Scholar Athletes, visit here: www.wearesa.org
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