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October 28, 2022
At a young age, Tessa Driscoll didn’t “play ball like a girl”. Growing up in Illinois, Tessa started her basketball career playing against boys.
“I started a basketball when I was in first grade, I played on an all-boys YMCA rec league team. Playing with all boys taught me a lot, it kind of taught me how to play the way I play,” Tessa said.
Basketball wasn’t only a fun way for Tessa to spend her free time, but it was also a way to connect with her dad.
“My dad always motivated me a lot, he taught me how to play, and he would always rebound for me in the driveway,” Tessa said.
After her dad passed, Tessa found solace in basketball more than ever. Something she and her dad used to enjoy together, she now enjoyed in his memory.
“When my dad passed away, basketball really got me through it. It’s just the one thing that’s constant for me that I can rely on. It has been a big part of keeping me happy,” Tessa said.
Through the years Tessa has committed a lot of time, energy, and resources to basketball, oftentimes spending hours at the courts at a time. Practicing by herself and with her club team All Iowa Attack.
“During AAU season, there will be a two-hour practice two days a week and then on the weekends, there are usually two four-hour practices. In between there, I like to go to Court 45 which is a gym I workout at and I also spend time shooting at City too,” Tessa said.
While Tessa spends most of her time on the court playing basketball, she also participates in soccer and track. She spent three years with Iowa Soccer Club, but recently stepped away to dedicate more time to her primary sport, basketball. She runs 400’s and 800’s in track and field.
This year, Tessa is excited to play ball with her older sister Mia Driscoll ‘23.
“Watching my sister play, as she grew up, made me want to play harder. I look forward to playing with her, especially because she’ll be a senior this year.”
Looking into the season, Tessa plans on contributing to the Little Hawks’ success, but most of all she plans on sharpening her skills playing against older competitors.