THURSDAY, July 6, 2017
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- One woman, wearing many hats. Nesia Wright is a wife, new mother, active duty captain in the U.S. Army and owner of the local women's semi-pro basketball team, the Georgia Soul.
"All of those things are great things and I don't take any of them for granted," Wright said. Wright's plate is full and she still finds time to share her love of basketball. "Nesia's guidance in the program has been big. She's basically taught me a lot about patience, sticking up for myself. And basically being an all-around person I know I can be," Georgia Soul player, Rashay Rawls said.
It's not easy managing a team. Wright invests her own money into the Georgia Soul, and she's already seeing the return. "To have the young girls to look up to and they're role models for these young ladies," Wright said. "They can kind of give back their feedback and experience from those, from college and everything. I think it's a great thing for the community."
Wright is moving soon to her new army station. This is her last season with the team she's owned through two seasons. "I'm pretty sure, she's still going to support and do what she has to do for us. So without her being here next year, I'm pretty sure it probably will affect us because we are like sisters," Rawls said. "So, her presence not being here, it will be truly missed. But I'm pretty sure she'll still be here." That makes the last two regular season games -- do or die.
The soul hope to repeat as WBCBL Atlantic region champs, sending wright out on a high note. The Soul host two games this weekend. The SC Storm on Saturday and the Conyers Rockers on Sunday. Both games begin at 4 p.m. at Laney High School.