Burger King Outstanding Student Athlete: South Bend St. Joseph's Daly Sullivan
Every basketball player has a routine at the free throw line.
Whether it’s a deep breath or spinning the basketball, each prospective shooter has their own little ritual to prepare them for their freebies.
For South Bend St. Joseph senior Daly Sullivan, it’s a subtle gesture that both reminds herself and tells everyone in the gym who she’s playing for.
“I do the sign of the cross just to show everyone who I'm out there playing for, and that’s God.” Said Sullivan.
Sullivan, a devout Roman Catholic, began taking her faith more seriously in the ninth grade and has since performed the subtle gesture on every one of her many trips to the free throw line.
“She's big into the Catholic faith and she really leads her life that way.” Said Smallbone, “By the way she plays, the way she treats her teammates, some people like to talk about it but she really acts that way."
Sullivan walks the walk and talks the talk in both her faith and on the basketball floor.
The 5-foot-8, three star prospect has helped her team open the season with a 12-1 overall record and a spotless 9-0 start to their Northern Indiana Conference Slate.
"Daly is one of the hardest workers on the floor, she's a great leader and she knows so much about the game of basketball.” Said Smallbone, “She's able to transfer that knowledge to her teammates, she makes everyone around her better."
Sullivan has pledged to attend Mt. Saint Mary’s on a full ride basketball scholarship, where she plans to pursue a degree and a career in the medical field, but it was her continued dedication to her faith that pushed her to commit to “The Mount”.
“To get my education paid for and go to a school that I really enjoy with girls that I really like, that is faith focused and I can continue my education while also playing basketball is really exciting." Said Sullivan.
However before she departs, the senior has her eyes set on the ultimate prize.
"We're definitely aiming for a state title.” Said Sullivan, “Most of us we're seniors so this our last chance so we're working really hard to achieve that."