Throughout the month of February, The Savannah Tribune will highlight an African-American achiever from the area, as well as shine light on local teen achievers.
Ollie Steadman is The Savannah Tribune’s “Teen of the Week”. Eightteen years-old, a high school senior at A. E. Beach, Steadman is not only an athlete, but also a model student. Volleyball and track & field are two other sports that she plays along with basketball. While averaging 7.7 points and 5.2 rebounds this year, Steadman manages to hold on to a 3.7 GPA. This takes dedication and hard work. After high school, she’s hoping to go to a Division I college/university on a basketball scholarship, to major in Sports Medicine or Physical Therapy. If basketball doesn’t work out, Medical school is her next choice.
To younger players and students, in general, Steadman says she would give the advice for them to listen to their parents, stay in school, stay positive, to hang around the right people, and to be a leader, not a follower. She usually spends her free time hanging with cousins or in the gym playing basketball.
When asked what is her favorite quality about her coach, Ronald Booker, her response was she finds that he’s not only about basketball, but he also teaches his players lessons that they can use later in life. “He shows love and is like a father figure.” stated Ollie
Tough opponents don’t scare the 5’10” Power Forward. “I just stay focused on God, stay humble, and do my best.”
“If I could be remembered for one thing it would be not letting things I’ve gone through get me down or stop me from being successful.”
Ollie gets her athletic ability from her parents. She is the daughter of James and Rev. Brenda Steadman, Jr. who both played sports while at Beach High School. Her brother is James Steadman, III. He too was a Beach High Bulldog basketball player and was honored as WTOC’s Player of the Week. Ollie was named in honor of her maternal grandmother Ollie Mae Solomon (deceased). Her maternal grandfather, James Solomon (deceased) was the long time owner of Solomon’s Beauty Salon.