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Spotlight On Brittany Hunter

A high school All-American and Parade National Player of the Year in 2003, Hunter originally chose Duke but transferred to UConn after her freshman season, which was complicated by a knee injury sustained Nov. 23, 2003 against Purdue. The injury would impact the rest of her playing career, limiting her minutes and forcing her to miss many practices and some games with the Huskies. She played in 87 games and scored 464 points for the Huskies, shooting 55.9 percent from the field. She was an important component of UConn's 2007-08 Final Four team.

Life after UConn: After graduation, Hunter joined former UConn assistant coach Tonya Cardoza's first staff at Temple in 2008-09 and helped lead the Owls to the NCAA Tournament, where they lost a first-round game at Gampel Pavilion

Big Ambitions: Hunter lives in Manchester, attends UConn grad school and studies sports management. She is serving as a graduate assistant to her professor and her job is teaching at-risk kids life skills in the north end of Hartford, specifically Clark Elementary-Middle School and at the Martin Luther King Elementary-Middle School.

"I will be doing a lot of traveling soon, including a trip to Phoenix to go visit my former teammate, Ketia Swanier [who plays in the WNBA with the Phoenix Mercury]," Hunter said. "At some point I will also visit Mel Thomas [another UConn teammate] and my former Duke teammate Alison Bales [who plays for the Atlanta Dream]. However, before the end of the summer, I will be having a basketball clinic at the Newtown [Conn.] Youth Academy. The clinic is called "Pursuit Beyond" and some current [UConn] players will be assisting me as counselors during the five days."

The camp is open to 9th-11th grade girls from July 19th-July 21st, followed by a two-day clinic for girls ranging from 5th-8th [July 22-July 23].

"This is an opportunity for young girls to learn the fundamentals of the game, but beyond basketball we will discuss body image, healthy eating, networking and preparing for high school and college," Hunter said. "I am really excited about it."

Applicants are invited to register online at www.pursuitbeyond.com.

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