Amber Gray

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In 2009, while playing basketball at The University of Tennessee, Amber suffered from a hemorrhagic stroke and brain aneurysm. A year later she was back playing collegiately and went on to play professionally for 4 seasons in France before retiring in 2021. She is the owner of WHERE2NEXT HOOPS and the founder of The Amber Gray WHERE2NEXT Foundation, where she strives to inspire, encourage, and motivate our youth to focus on the next phase of their life, as where you’re going is more significant than where you have been. In addition to her basketball abilities and non-profit ventures, Amber is the Director of Youth Development for FBC MidWest Women's AAU Basketball Program, Assistant Coach for Sycamore High School Women's Basketball Team, and a paraprofessional for high school students with Mental Disabilities. She has spoken at Jr. High Schools and High Schools in Cincinnati, Ohio, Amateur Athletic Union (AAU Nationals), Local Churches, Children’s Hospitals as well as local Boy’s and Girl’s Clubs.

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  • What is your favorite quote? "If you think you're leading and turn around to see no one following you're just walking." - Benjamin L. Hooks
  • Are there any moments that stand out as having a significant impact on your career? One of the most significant moments in my life was being able to share my story to youth in France. We also held a holiday toy drive where we donated the toys to a local company that worked
  • Outside of your profession do you have any hobbies/interests? I own a nonprofit that works with Hamilton County Independent Living Program (Foster Teens) as they transition from living with a foster parent, group home or out of unsafe home situation to
  • Who do you look up to as a mentor and why? One of my biggest role models is my great-grandfather, Benjamin Hooks. He was a Civil Rights Leader and activist in his community. He dedicated is life to serving others and making his world