As Pearle Green tagged along with her older sister to Little Hawks basketball, her love for the game only grew. It became a significant part of her life, keeping her disciplined and pushing her to do well in everything. Basketball, along with her upbringing, taught her the importance of hard work, persistence, and a healthy lifestyle.
Pearle credits the potential her high school coach, David Wightman, saw in her to make the decision to sign with the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Unfortunately, her freshman year ended with an ACL tear. After a year of surgery and recovery, she chose to start fresh at Regis University in Denver. Pearle is now in her second year playing college basketball.
Pearle grew up in Galena, Alaska, where she hunted, fished, and trapped with her family. She remembers getting her first moose at age ten, and her father and brothers bringing home King Salmon. She cherishes those memories and the love she has for her community and culture. Her ultimate goal is to give back to her community one day.
In Pearle’s own words, “I advise younger generations to work hard for what they want, push themselves, prioritize their health, and never be afraid of experiences outside the village. Also, know that you will grow the most from all the hard times along the way and the moments where you feel uncomfortable.”