Samaya Clark-Gabriel (born October 1, 2009) is an American child athlete and actress from the Brooklyn, New York area. Clark-Gabriel has been recognized for her athletic abilities since the age of four years old.
In 2016, Gabriel was named "Athlete of the Year" for leading the Brooklyn Stars soccer team to their first championship. In addition to receiving several tournament titles, she was presented with the Lion's Heart Award for demonstrating drive and skill against many all-boys teams. Since then, she has taken a break from soccer to focus her efforts on basketball.
Showcasing her basketball skills, Gabriel has been featured on Good Morning America, GoodDay NY, CBS Sports, USA Today, News 12 Brooklyn, Sports Center, ESPN, ESPNW, Chasing News, BRICTV, The NY Post, Fox5NY, Ruptly TV(Russia), Women You Should Know, The Ben & Pickler Show, Harry, Rolling Stone Magazine, and People.com Magazine.
In addition to media features, Gabriel has practiced with the NY Liberty Basketball team and has played 1 on 1 with NBA Legend and NY Liberty President Isiah Thomas. In January 2018, Samaya broke a record by becoming the first child to play alongside The Harlem Globetrotters at Barclays Center, Madison Square Garden, and Nassau Colliseum all is one year. Gabriel and her father were featured on Fatherly social media platforms, where she garnered 2.8 million views and 76,000 shares. Recently, Samaya has been on the radar of the Olympics, as she was featured in a Monday Motivation post.
Samaya will be making her acting debut in an upcoming indie film titled Froster Sin. The film brings awareness to the mistreatment of children in the foster system.
Gabriel raises donations for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, supporting research towards cures for child cancer and other life-threatening diseases. She was recognized for her efforts by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Samaya also visits child life centers in Children's Hospitals around the New York area.
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