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Big All-City girls basketball 2020: Moore's Aaliyah Moore also has contributions off court

Moore's Aaliyah Moore celebrates during the girls 6A area basketball game against Choctaw at Capitol Hill High School. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]
Moore's Aaliyah Moore celebrates during the girls 6A area basketball game against Choctaw at Capitol Hill High School. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

MOORE — Aaliyah Moore is known for her contributions on the court.

This season, she led the Moore High School girls basketball teams to the Class 6A state tournament, the program’s first state appearance in 22 years. She received numerous individual awards and recognitions along the way.

That now includes The Oklahoman’s Big All City Player of the Year.

“If you’ve seen her play, if you’ve been around her you know she’s a different breed,” Moore coach Brent Hodges said. “She’s special on and off the floor.”

The community got a taste of her off-the-court contributions before her historical junior season. Along with her mother, LaShowann Smith, Moore brainstormed about how she could give back to her city. The idea of a school supply drive was formed.

“I was like, ‘That’s a great idea; I love kids,’” Moore said. “I have a lot of friends and a lot of family that would donate to get a lot of supplies, and I mean, it’s perfect, right before school starts.”

To put the drive together, she needed a location, so she called Hodges.

“Coach, I know you’re on vacation,” she said, “but I got this idea.”

Four weeks later, the high school gym was filled with pencils, folders and other miscellaneous supplies.

“We had over a hundred something donations, a ton of stuff,” Moore said. “I put everything together, put them all in bins, and then we moved to my high school and put everything out and then basically it was first come, first served.”

More than 80 people turned out and received supplies before the school year.

“I love giving back to the community,” said Moore, who is also The Oklahoman's Super 5 Player of the Year. “I loved meeting the kids, so we’re putting on one this year again. But I think this year, I’m going to give back to the teachers.”

Moore said when students run out of supplies, their first resource is their teacher. So she hopes stocking the teachers’ supply bins will allow them to give to the students in need.

“There’s not a lot of kids that would do that, and there’s not a lot of athletes that would do that,” Hodges said. “And there’s probably a very small percentage of athletes who are at the elite level that she is at who would do that. I think that’s what makes her special.”

James Jackson

James D. Jackson joined The Oklahoman in January 2020 to cover high school sports. He a University of Central Oklahoma graduate. During his time at UCO, James served as a sports reporter and Editor-in-Chief of the student newspaper, The Vista.... Read more ›

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