Zaila Avant-garde continues to show us the various ways to spell s-u-c-c-e-s-s. The National Spelling Bee champ was just named Sports Illustrated’s 2021 SportsKid of the year.
Zaila Avant-garde is the 2021 SportsKid of the Year!— SI KIDS (@SIKids) November 24, 2021
A dazzling dribbler, a spectacular speller and a scintillating scholar: @Basketballasart can do it all https://t.co/Flq6IhUlKG pic.twitter.com/MTp9ntCsch
The recognition came with a frontpage feature of Avant-garde dribbling multiple basketballs. Which is fitting as she’s set four world records for doing just that — dribbling multiple balls simultaneously.
Sports Illustrated Kids said she was selected “for her ability on the court and her intellectual curiosity and dedication off of it…”