Stephen Curry’s 5-word message to Zaila Avant-garde for historic Scripps Spelling Bee win
Zaila Avant-garde just won the 2021 Scripps Spelling Bee, becoming the first African American to win the national competition. While that’s obviously impressive in its own right, what has the entire internet buzzing about her isn’t just her prodigious ability to spell words – it’s because of her nasty handles.
Some facts about Zaila Avant-garde:
◻️ 2021 Scripps Spelling Bee champ
◻️ Appeared in a commercial with Steph Curry
◻️ Holds three Guinness World records for dribbling multiple basketballs simultaneously
— The Athletic (@TheAthletic) July 9, 2021
The girl has a dribble package better than a handful of pros do, which has allowed her to rack up some pretty insane Guinness World Records. Zaila Avant-garde is the proud owner of three world records that just seem absurd to even think about. If you hadn’t watched the video above, you might not believe them to be possible.
Via ESPN’s Briana Williams:
– Most balls juggled in one minute with four basketball
– Most dribbles in 30 seconds with four basketballs
– Most basketballs dribbled by one person simultaneously (6)
Her accolades garnered her enough attention to be featured in a commercial with Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry. Chef Curry can probably cook up some records himself if he tried hard enough, but safe to say Zaila Avant-garde might have the Warriors icon beat in that department, at least without the pressure of NBA-level defenders around her.
Stephen Curry even had a message for Zaila Avant-garde, encouraging her to keep pushing forward as she excels in different fields.
keep changing the game Zaila!!!!! https://t.co/rJeUNa4pKI
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) July 9, 2021
The 14-year-old isn’t just a novelty dribbler, either. Watch her gets straight buckets of those sweet handles of hers.
— Zaila Avant-garde (@Basketballasart) June 1, 2021
Maybe we see Zaila Avant-garde making some waves in women’s basketball in a few years? She definitely has everyone’s attention now.