Community College Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Daomi Burch, Queensborough CC Basketball
Written by: Melissa Blass, CUNYAC Sports Info
Daomi Burch embodies the qualities of an ideal student-athlete. She is driven, a team player, and a natural leader who gives as much effort in the classroom as she does on the basketball court. These characteristics have been the foundation of her past and present successes and will continue to guide her to future success. Earning a 3.53 GPA while majoring in Liberal Arts has created endless opportunities for Burch to take the next step forward in her academic and athletic careers.
The Queens native attended Benjamin Cardozo High School and planned to enroll at Louisiana State University after graduation. Unfortunately, Burch's mother became ill and she instead decided to attend Queensborough Community College so that she could live at home and take care of her mother. Head Coach David Chambers reached out to Daomi through her brother, Henry, who also attended QCC. Burch explained to Coach Chambers that she was not sure when or even if she would be able to participate. Coach Chambers assured his future captain, "Regardless of when you're ready, I will always have a place on the team for you."
Burch accepted Chamber's offer and she began her career as a Tiger in January of her freshman year. She was named co-captain and instantly took on a leadership role for the team. Burch explains, "Being named co-captain forced me to step up, and also made me realize that my coaches trusted me, and this trust gave me the confidence I needed to succeed." She was able to participate for the full season as a sophomore and the guard reveals "our work ethic during the offseason is what allowed us to bond and grow as a team. This growth allowed us to come back even stronger the next year and accomplish what we wanted to."
As a Tiger, Burch's outstanding abilities have been widely recognized. The sophomore is a 2-Time CUNYAC All-Star, where she was also a 2015 CUNYAC All Tournament Team member and a part of the 2015 CUNYAC CC Women's Basketball Tournament runner-ups. Outside of CUNYAC, Burch was named a 2015 Region XV Honorable Mention and a 2016 Region XV Second Team member. Despite those athletic achievements, her best attributes were on display in the classroom where she compiled a 3.525 GPA overall while being nominated to the Dean's List multiple times.
Burch recently returned from the CUNYAC Goodwill Tour to Cuba. For Coach Chambers, Daomi was an obvious selection for this amazing opportunity. As he puts it, "The greatest representation you can have is a student-athlete that excels on the playing field. But, more importantly, one that excels even further in the academic realm than what they have athletically. Ms. Burch has demonstrated that during her 2-year career at Queensborough."
Burch clearly enjoyed herself in Cuba. She fondly remembers, "It was amazing! Seeing the kids smile and being able to relate to them on many levels was the highlight of the trip. I learned not to take anything for granted, and to appreciate all that we have." Visiting the hospital and the school, as well as holding the sports clinic with the children, made Burch "feel like a kid again." She felt fulfilled knowing that the children were enjoying their time with the CUNYAC scholar-athletes.
Daomi Burch is an extremely bright and motivated young woman. She has high expectations for herself and is prepared to take the necessary steps to accomplish her goals. Burch will be attending CUNY
Queens College this coming fall and will be majoring in Family and Consumer Sciences. This will add to her already excellent foundation and allow her to pursue a career in social work so that she can help those in need. Daomi leaves simple advice, "Never stop trying, because if you do, all of your hard work will go unnoticed." Daomi's resilience and determination to push on through adverse circumstances is admirable and unmatched.