Zaila Avant-garde, a prodigy spelling and playing basketball

He is 14 years old, from Louisiana and just won the Spelling
Bee, the national championship of spelling from the United States. Zaila Avant-garde this past week became the first African American to achieve this title but it turns out that her knowledge of the dictionary it is not his only virtue.

Zaila too he’s a basketball prodigy. So much so that he already has a television ad with Steph curry and three records within the Guiness World Records. That’s right, far from the stereotype of a robotic girl with an obsession for words and letters, this girl he knows how to play basketball and in what way!

These are some of the highlights from their encounters in high school, a sign that spelling words isn’t the only thing he’s good at. In fact, so only two years ago he started doing it. She continued preparing without neglecting basketball, her great passion, until she was proclaimed champion this week.

What are your records for? Well Zaila has a incredible ability to bounce several balls at the same time. He is capable of bouncing two balls while juggling two more, changing three directions simultaneously, and much more.


Zaila is clear about her aspirations. He dreams of going to Harvard and one day be able to play in the WNBA. After that, he would love to be able to train at the NBA, now that a woman is about to achieve it for the first time in history.

Basketball is not a simple game for me, I want it to be something that takes me far. This is what I do, spelling is simply something I am good at, a hobby ”, says Zaila. The girl wants to be an example for all who think that spelling is something “for geeks”, a boring activity or worse.

The stereotypes Around the participants in these contests are huge in America. Zaila wants to make sure that you spell and be a normal girl it may be something perfectly compatible. She is the brand new champion and also the star of his basketball team.

During the last years he has received many messages of encouragement and support by the basketball world due to his world records. Zaila knows that everything that really matters costs work and effort: “I have to prepare, either to spell or to be better on the court.”