She's one of the most celebrated Purdue women's basketball players. During her four-year career at Purdue, she earned Big Ten awards and set records. The starting guard and two-year team captain is the 9th highest scorer and top free throw shooter in Purdue's history and ranks fourth in the NCAA in three-point field goal percentage. But what is most remarkable about Courtney Moses is her leadership off the court and her commitment to improving the lives of others.
- A platform for change
"As an athlete, you have such a big platform," Courtney says. "I wanted to use mine to the best of the ability I've been blessed with — and leave a mark that's there for years to come."
In addition to co-founding two community service student organizations at Purdue, Courtney also completed two mission trips to Haiti and South Africa, organized by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
"You feel like you're going to go over there and make an impact," she says, "but you're the one impacted."
Courtney's efforts on behalf of others earned her a spot on the 2014 Allstate WBCA Good Works Team, which recognizes college players in the U.S. committed to improving their communities and the lives of others.
- When you wish upon a star
Courtney was a junior when Purdue swimmer Carly Mercer came to her with the idea of doing a Boilermaker version of Make-A-Wish. Together with other student-athletes, they started Boiler-Maker-Wish to grant wishes to local kids living with a disability or hardship. The twist is that all wishes relate to Purdue sports, like attending a game or meeting players. Purdue athletes fulfill the wishes, and since the project started, five kids have had their wishes granted.
"One of the best things is seeing the parents' faces when their child's wish is granted," she says. "Our motto for Boiler-Maker-Wish is putting a smile on a kid's face, but I think we should add putting a smile on the parents' faces too."
- Making an impact
From June through March, basketball demands a large chunk of Courtney's schedule, but she still looks for opportunities to give back. As a high school student, she had mentored kids in elementary school, and she wanted to bring a similar program to Purdue. With the help of three other athletes, she started the IMPACT project in the fall of her sophomore year.
Purdue athletes are paired with local school children and provide help with reading or math, and often attend lunch and recess also. To date, 42 student-athletes have participated, and at least that many kids have benefited from IMPACT.
"I've learned that if you have an idea, don't keep it inside," Courtney says. "Voice it, then get to work on it."
- At home on the hardwood
Ever since she debuted with the YMCA's Little Dribblers at age 5, Courtney has been in love with basketball. Even at a young age, she knew basketball was her thing, and she dreamed of playing collegiate ball one day.
"When I was little, I'd cry at practices because the other girls were so much older than me, and I was kind of shy, but I didn't ever want to stop playing," she says.
And she didn't. She's played basketball every year since she was 5, and even more remarkable, her parents have attended every game. That's 17 years of AAU travel ball, high school and Purdue games, both home and away. "They're road warriors for sure," she laughs.