Mason is...Driven to Serve
Giving Back On the Court and in Life
George Mason University point guard Taylor Brown was only 10 years old when she ran her first basketball camp in her hometown of Bowie, Maryland. The young entrepreneur didn’t play around.
“I had them doing layups, ball handling drills, and I had my own clipboard,” she says. “I even gave each of the kids T-shirts.”
Brown was recently named to the 2016 Allstate National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Good Works Teams for her good works. The team honors college basketball student-athletes who have dedicated themselves to bettering the lives of others through giving back to their communities.
“My ultimate goal is to own a sports complex center, so I definitely want to build that platform and be able set an example for younger kids. I want to show them that as long as you believe in yourself and work hard, you can achieve great things as well.”
Brown, a graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in film and video studies, is one of only five Division I women’s basketball players to be honored. In all, just 20 total student-athletes in men’s and women’s basketball from NCAA Divisions I, II, and III and the NAIA are selected to the Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams.
In addition to running the youth basketball camps, Brown helps as a student mentor, contributes to the university’s Happy Heart Walk, serves in campus ministry through George Mason’s U Church, films videos for the Athletics Department, and reaches out with personal testimonies on her website, taybrowntestimony.com.
“I’m still at a loss for words right now. I’m so blessed and I’m just grateful,” says Brown, who completed a bachelor’s degree in sports management in May.