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Athlete of the Week – Alyssa Ustby, Lourdes Eagles Basketball

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- If you don't know who Alyssa Ustby is by now, you haven't been paying attention.

The Lourdes basketball star has achieved nearly everything imaginable on the hardwood -- scoring 2,000 points, becoming her school's all-time leading scorer, even being nominated for the McDonald's All-American game.

But for the future North Carolina Tar Heel, basketball is more than just a game.

"When I was a younger girl, I didn't have a female athlete to look up to," she said.

So Ustby decided to do something about it. Last August, she held a skills camp at Lourdes High School and donated all the profits to the Ronald McDonald House here in Rochester.

"I decided to donate that money to the Ronald McDonald House because the game is bigger than wins and losses," said Ustby. "At the end of the day, it's about being there for each other, and helping those out who need the help."

It's a gesture that hasn't gone unnoticed in the basketball community. Just ask Lourdes Head Coach Aaron Berg, a staple in the local basketball scene.

"I've never seen antyhing like that before in 27 years of coaching," said Berg. "She's just very kind and caring and giving, and people see that."

Ustby has become a role model for young girls in the area. When she announced her camp, spots filled quicker than the she can fill the bucket.

"I think she opened up the camp for registration and it filled up in less than a day," Berg said. "She's just a person that has always given back, given back to her team, given back to the community. Just very special."

It was a move that was a special as her talent. Ustby is a dynamic force on the court, scoring nearly 30 points per game while grabbing 12 rebounds per contest. She's a special talent with a special heart.

"If you want something, go for it. As cheesy as it sounds, it's true. It's incredible how far that little ball has taken me."

Alyssa Ustby of the Lourdes Eagles is this week's KTTC Athlete of the Week.

Mark Poulose

Mark Poulose is a Sports Reporter/Anchor at KTTC.

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