For alumna and current LCU graduate student, Nicole Hampton (’15), family and faith are incredibly important. At LCU, she has had the opportunity to continue her family legacy as a Lady Chap, but also to find a family in the basketball team and the LCU community.
“I wanted to attend a smaller school, so I could build more relationships with professors, coaches, and students,” explained Hampton, “I love the community aspect of LCU. It is like one big family that supports, love, and prays for one another. Also, knowing that Coach Gomez valued family and faith more than basketball was a huge plus.”
Though Hampton loves many different sports, basketball was both a passion and a family tradition. Both of her older sisters, Jordan (Hampton ’09) Thurston and Brittany (Hampton ’12) Roberts, also played basketball at LCU. Their mother, Sharon, had a college basketball career at South Plains College. Their father, Johnny has coached basketball for 34 years. All of the Hampton sisters played high school basketball at Canyon High School, where Johnny is assistant coach.
“Basketball is my passion, not only for the love of the game, but also the relationships, memories, and teammates I have made through it. I am lucky that God blessed me with these talents, which is why I try to glorify Him every time I step on that court. These five years at LCU have taught me so much more than just basketball, and I wouldn’t trade them for anything,” said Hampton.
For 11 consecutive seasons, from 2005 to 2016, one of the Hampton sisters has been a member of the Lady Chaps basketball team. On Jan. 13, the Hampton sisters and their legacy were featured in a Heartland Sports article, “Heartland Conference Weekly Spotlight Highlights Lubbock Christian's Hampton Sisters.”
Hampton graduated with a B.A. in humanities and began studying leadership through LCU’s graduate program. For basketball, she’s considered a redshirt fifth-year senior. At LCU, she’s been primarily involved in basketball, but she enjoys attending other events on campus. She hopes to enroll in nursing school when she completes her college basketball career.