“I Am Sorry to Her” – Caitlin Clark Responds to Her Third-Grade Teacher’s Special Message.

Published 04/17/2024, 3:49 AM EDT

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Caitlin Clark is not going to get any rest. After completing her college basketball journey, the Fever rookie had a lot of interviews on her to-do list. In fact, before even getting drafted, she appeared on SNL, had an interview session with ESPN, and had many other one-person conversations. After the 2024 WNAB draft event at BMA ended, the interviews continued for the No. 1 Indiana athlete. However, this time around, she had a special surprise awaiting her.

After the most-awaited WNBA Draft in Brooklyn, the 2x Naismith POY stayed back in the Big Apple. Visiting Times Square, she dropped by the ABC News Headquarters for some more conversations. During her interview with the crew of Good Morning America, Caitlin Clark received a special message. It was a video from her third-grade teacher Kathleen Drey. Seeing her there, was quite a delight and a refreshing turn of events for the rather equipped hooper.

Her teacher said, “Just wanted you to know how proud we are at St. Francis. Seems like just yesterday you’re in my class. We’re all cheering love for you. My current students and I are the biggest Fever fans now. Go Fever!” To this gesture, Clark responded, “Oh my gosh! That was so cute. She had to deal with me in third grade and I was so competitive. I am sorry to her, I feel bad.”


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Michael Strahan then asked the ‘generational talent’ what advice she would give the students at that age. To which, Clark said that she would just want them to dream big, and bet and believe in themselves. With such great messages to forward, how did the two-time John R. Wooden Awardee become so fierce?

Caitlin Clark blames her family for her competitiveness

The 2x National Player of the Year also mentioned that her parents never undermined her potential and she worked hard for it all. However, whenever asked how she got so aggressive about being perfect, she brings up her family. In fact, she has always wanted to be like her older brother Blake Clark. Previously, a clip was unearthed where the young Caitlin could be seen annoyed simply because her older brother started riding a bike without the training wheels. Consequently, she asked her mother to remove hers so she could also do the same.


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Apart from his brother, Clark also receives a lot of athletic genes from his father Brent Clark. He was a four-year letter winner for his basketball and baseball teams at Simpson College in Iowa. Her mother’s father — Bob Nizzi — is also a popular name in the city. He has served as the football coach at Dowling Catholic High School in West Des Moines.


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Clearly, there’s a lot that has gone into the making of the sensational icon of college basketball we see today in Caitlin Clark. She has not only brought glory to her family but also to every school she has been a part of. It will be interesting to see how she plays in the WNBA Until then, we know we can catch her at another interview quite soon.


Written by:

Shahryar Fazal


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Shahryar Fazal is a senior NBA writer at EssentiallySports. His specialisation lies in his scrupulous Live Coverage of the events like NCAA and WNBA tournaments. A former sportsman himself, Shahryar used to contribute stories for publishing houses like TOI before taking up American sports as his field of interest.
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Edited by:

Jayant Chhabra