By Keyunna Singleton
Jamecia Forsythe, of John Jay’s Women’s Basketball team, is set to have record-breaking season.
Forsythe, a senior and second year captain, is projected to surpass a 1000 points and 1000 rebounds for her career.She is 31 points and 78 rebounds away from the milestone.
The 21 year-old would be the first John Jay student, and the third female athlete in the NCAA CUNY conference to do this.Forsythe has played for the team since her freshman year and became team captain as a Junior.
“It hasn’t hit me yet that I’m going to be the first ever John Jay student to do this,” said Forsythe. “I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but I can’t wait for it to happen.”
Nonetheless, her ultimate goal is to win a championship. Something she has targeted since becoming a Bloodhound.
“I want a chip first and foremost,” Forsythe said.
To reinforce the idea of winning into her team, she draws from Ian Terry for inspiration. Terry was the winner from season 14 of “Big Brother”, her favorite reality show.
According to Forsythe, Terry says, “If you can plan it and you can see it then you can have it.”
She refers to this quote to focus her game, especially when preparing to play against Baruch College. Baruch’s basketball team is the six-time CUNY conference champion.
“Someone has to stop them, why not us?” said Forsythe.
It’s been 21 years since John Jay’s women’s basketball team has won a championship and Forsythe believes that the opportunity is waiting for her.
Her mother, Joan Forsythe, is “delighted” by her daughter’s passion, though there was a time when it affected their relationship.
Joan Forsythe, a mother of four, refers to her only daughter as “Mecia”. “I did not always want Mecia to play basketball,” she said. “I wanted her to be regular.”
After seeing how much her daughter loved basketball, she wants to see her “go all the away.”
Forsythe’s mother used to worry about her daughter’s distant traveling and staying late at practices and games.
“She used to go alone,” she said of her daughter, while other parents would drop their daughters off and pick them up.
Because she had to work, often two jobs, Forsythe did a lot of traveling on the buses and trains by her self. Ms. Forsythe admits to asking her daughter not to go to practice at times.
Forsythe always declined. “She never, never, never missed a day even if it was cold or she was sick,” Ms. Forsythe said.
“Sometimes she would be so sore that she would have to eat in bed. But she always keep up with her school work,” she said.
Forsythe has been an excellent student since grade school. Graduating second in her class in junior high and high school, her mother finds her drive and determination admirable.
Back at John Jay, her coach Diane Ramirez says “I love her like she is my own daughter.”
Ramirez refers to Forsythe as “the hardest working student athlete I’ve ever had.”
Forsythe plans to continue her education at medical school after she graduates in May. She encourages anyone that has a goal in life to pursue it, no matter the obstacles. “If you have a love for something, don’t let anything stop it.”