Editor’s Note: The following information was provided by the Peekskill City School District.
Hard work, dedication and an endless number of hours on the basketball court have paid off for Peekskill High School senior, Nyrie Holliman, who, on May 2, signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at American International College (AIC) in Springfield, Massachusetts on a full athletic scholarship. She plans to major in business with a concentration in sports management.
In a ceremony held in the Peekskill High School library, Holliman was joined by family, friends, coaches, teachers and members of the administration.
“It’s a very special day for PHS,” said Peekskill City School District Athletic Director Lou Panzanaro. “This national letter of intent means that a college has recognized the ability and talents of one of our students and has offered them a scholarship to come play for their school. That doesn’t happen without a lot of work. Nyrie started that work when she was very young and she has worked year round, staying focused and true to her dream, and today, she’s realizing the fruit of that dream that she’s had for a long time.”
Peekskill High School Principal Rodney Arthur echoed Panzanaro’s words of praise.
“You are a person of strong character and strong will and on behalf of the entire staff, we wish you the best,” Arthur said to Holliman during the ceremony. “We thank you for being a role model to our students here at PHS.”
Before signing her letter, Holliman, who has been playing basketball since the age of 5, thanked those who have helped her along the way. Her career began playing on multiple Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) teams, and escalated when she was placed on the girls’ varsity basketball team as an eighth grader. She went on to win two Section One titles, helping to bring the coveted Gold Ball to Peekskill in 2012 and again in 2013. She also has two slam dunk championships under her belt.
Most recently, Holliman played under the direction of coach James Robinson, whom she noted was a positive influence on her game.
“Coach Rob really helped me,” Holliman said. “His passion for the game is just amazing.”
When asked what she enjoyed best about playing ball, Holliman noted the time she spent with her dad traveling between games holds a special place in her heart.
“My favorite part of all of this has been traveling to games with my dad,” she said. “That’s how we got to bond.”
Her father, as one would expect, beamed with pride during the ceremony.
“I’m very proud of my daughter,” said Leonard Holliman. “It took a lot of hard work, a lot of stress and a lot of sacrifice to get her to this point, and I’m just very proud of her.”
After the signing, Holliman and guests celebrated with a cake the district made for the occasion.