Scholar Athlete: Tamera McClain

Glenwood senior Tamera McClain loves the sport of basketball.

“It just takes stress off my mind so I don’t think about a lot of stuff,” said McClain.

McClain is a four-year member of the Gators basketball team, helping them win the AISA State Championship last season. She’s a senior leader this year, recently scoring her 1,000th career point and is determined to get the Gators back to that state title game.

“We’ve just been working real well together on this team and it’s been a real good year,” said McClain.

But McClain isn’t just a star on the court. She’s a member of the National Honor Society, the Xcel club, and the Beta club- all groups geared toward academic excellence. As far as school goes, she’s enrolled in all honors classes and is currently maintaining a 4.12 GPA.

“It’s more than the regular classes because they give us more work to do and we have to turn in our stuff earlier than the regular classes,” said McClain. “It’s kind of stressful, but not really.”

Because McClain handles stress like a champ, and her success and hard work in the classroom has transferred onto the court. Her coach, Julie Humphries, says McClain is the type of player that any coach would love to have.

“She’s gotten a little bit better each year,” Humphries said. “She’s matured not only as a player, but as a person and that probably means more to me than anything else is the kind of person that she is and i’ve got to get her to the next level where she can become a nurse.”

A nurse by hopefully attending Armstrong State University. McClain is determined to be successful at the next level, not only in school, but also in athletics.

“If I can get a basketball scholarship, then i’ll play and also keep up nursing along the way,” McClain added.

If you are an area coach or Athletic Director and would like to nominate one of your athletes for our weekly Scholar Athlete segment, you can email Jenna Callari at

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