Springfield, Mo–The Missouri State Lady Bears will tip off the Valley’s post season tournament Friday night in Moline, Illinois.
In our bear nation report, audrey holt will be on the sideline.
And as KOLR 10’s Dan Molloy reports, her role may have changed but her value has remained.
Senior Day is always bittersweet.
Audrey Holt and her three fellow Lady Bears seniors were coach Kellie Harper’s first recruiting class at Missouri State.
“We are so tight-knit. We came in as four. We’re leaving as four together, and we are like sisters.”
It is a celebration of four years of hard work and sacrifice.
Holt’s made her biggest sacrifice in December, when she chose to retire after her 14th concussion.
“It’s never easy to give up something you love, to give up on a dream. To give up the biggest piece of your life – that’s not easy.”
Her playing days may be over, but Holt has not quit.
She’s still at practice, still on the bench, mentoring the Lady Bears post players.
Off the court, Holt has become an advocate.
She plans to donate her brain for concussion science research after she passes, but in the meantime, she’s raised more than 1500 dollars for the Concussion Legacy Foundation in just over a week.
“There’s just not nearly enough research out there and there are so many unknowns in the world of concussions. If I can give anything to advance that research, that’s something I would love to do.”
“As much as I hate it, I can be proud of the fact that I was able to make the right decision, even though it was the hard one.”
Her contributions to concussion research may be her ultimate legacy, but her reappearance in uniform on Senior Day was a reminder why she became a Lady Bear in the first place..
“I’ve gotten the full experience. It’s been more than I could ever imagine I’m so thankful to my teammates and my coaches and this entire community for making it the incredible experience that it’s been.”
In Springfield, Dan Molloy, KOLR 10 sports Ozarks First.