Monday morning was Brittany Fowler Day at Buffalo Island Central as family and friends gathered in the Mustang Athletic Complex to watch the senior guard sign a letter of intent to play basketball for Arkansas State University. Family, friends, teachers, and students were welcomed by Randy Rose, high school principal.
(Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)
Assistant Coach Carey Cossey, spoke first congratulating Brittany.
"I have worked with Brittany for six years," Coach Cossey said. "Her work ethics are second to none. She gives 110 percent. She is here at 6:30 a.m. running and working. She plays hard every game. I know she has a love for the game of basketball. She plays hard every game."
He challenged all of the students to do their best.
"Brittany Fowler from Leachville, Arkansas, is as nice a person as she has always been," Cossey said. "Many people change with success but Brittany is the same. I say to all of you, be yourself today and tomorrow."
Brittany has been named All State, All Region, and All District, and All MVP of the Conference the last three years.
In addition to basketball, she plays softball and track but basketball is her first love.
Brittany's coach and dad, Stan Fowler, spoke thanking everyone for coming.
"ASU is a good school and I am excited to have the first girl from BIC to sign with a Division I college," Fowler said.
Coach Fowler explained the ASU coach could not be present due to NCAA rules.
He talked about Brittany's athletic career from T-ball and Upward Bound basketball.
"God gives everyone talents including athletics, academics, even great personalities," Coach Fowler said. "You all need to take advantage of your talents. Brittany has had some great role models. She has a 3.87 grade point average. Major colleges will not approach athletes without good grades."
He encouraged students to surround themselves with friends with positive attitudes.
"I look around and I wonder who will be next," Coach Fowler said. "It could be for softball, baseball, basketball or golf. Don't let anyone every take away your dreams. Work hard. Remember nothing negative comes from working hard."
Brittany has over 500 assists during her high school years and 2,427 points to her credit.
Brittany thanked each member of her family for their support as well as her teammates and friends at BIC. She shared several of her memories and especially thanked Coach Fowler for being her dad and her coach.
"I really believe ASU is a good fit for me," she said.
Brittany said she is looking forward to a great season at BIC with her teammates.
She is excited to be able to go on to play at the college level for the Lady Red Wolves at ASU.
Elementary students displayed signs and posters and Brittany signed her letter of intent to play basketball at ASU.
A reception was held in her honor with a cake displaying a Red Wolf.