Whiquitta Tobar

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Whiquitta Tobar
Born
Whiquitta Tobar

NationalityAmerican
EducationAlabama A&M University (B.A.)
Georgetown University Law Center (J.D.)
OccupationLawyer
Known forCollege Basketball; Community Service

Whiquitta "Kee" Tobar is an American lawyer and a former college basketball player at Alabama A&M University. In 2012, Tobar was named the Southwestern Athletic Conference Player of the Year.

Early life and education[edit]

Born and raised in the Arkansas Delta, Tobar grew up in Blythville and attended Blytheville High School. Tobar is the daughter of Frankie Hatcher and Willie Tobar, Sr. Tobar is the youngest of four children.[1] She was raised in a trailer park with five other children.[1] Her mother, Frankie Hatcher, worked at a restaurant to support the family.[1] Later, Tobar's mother would have to take care of Tobar's brother who was paralyzed while still working.[1] In 2014, Tobar's brother, Willie Lee Tobar, died from complications related to gunshot wounds and paralysis.[2] As a child, Tobar participated in the Head Start Program. She stated: "I came from a single-parent household, and a lot of whatever I may have accomplished came from attending Head Start. Head Start taught me an awful lot of what I needed to know early in my life."[3] While a student at Georgetown Law, Tobar met the woman who helped establish the program, Marian Wright Edelman.[3] Tobar graduated from Blythville High in 2008.[3]

Community service[edit]

After high school, Tobar attended Alabama A&M University where she became involved in community service on campus. Tobar interned with the Madison County, Alabama Commissioner’s office, where she helped former prisoners secure jobs upon release. She also volunteered at various domestic violence shelters.[4] Her social justice activism influenced her interest in prison reform, women's rights, and labor law and her decision to attend law school.[4] In 2011, Tobar participated in the Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad for study in Africa.[5] Tobar was also involved in Young Democrats of America. She recalled: "I began helping with the voter registration drives, making certain that as many people as possible had the necessary information to become knowledgeable voters. As a result, I became much more politically active."[3] As a senior, Tobar was named a candidate for the 2011-2012 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.[5]

In 2012, Tobar graduated from Alabama A&M University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a minor in Philosophy.[6]

Basketball[edit]

High school basketball[edit]

Tobar attended Blytheville High School where she played on the Lady Chickasaws basketball team. Arkansas Activities Association gave Tobar All-State recognition for her basketball play, in 2005,[7] and in 2007.[8] In 2008, Tobar was one of twelve seniors in Arkansas selected to play in the 2008 Arkansas State All-Star Basketball Game.[9]

College basketball[edit]

After high school, Tobar played basketball at Alabama A&M University. As a junior, Tobar led the Southwestern Athletic Conference in scoring, averaging 18.1 points per game,[5] was third in steals (2.3), fourth in free throw percentage (.755), sixth in assists (3.0) and eighth in rebounding (6.3).[10] Tobar was named a first-team All-SWAC selection.[11] Heading into her senior year, Tobar was the SWAC's preseason Player of the Year. Tobar also went over the 1,000-point mark for her career.[5] At the close of her senior campaign, Tobar was named the Southwestern Athletic Conference Player of the Year.[12][13] Tobar was a prospect for the Women's National Basketball Association.[14]

College statistics[edit]

Season Games FGM FGA PCT FTM FTA PCT 3PM 3PA PCT REB AST STL BL PTS AVG
2008-9 26 30 79 .380 49 78 .628 2 11 .182 56 29 24 3 111 4.30
2009-10 17 89 224 .397 111 142 .782 14 61 .230 102 57 44 2 303 17.8
2010-11 29 155 404 .384 182 245 .743 32 114 .281 181 87 66 5 524 18.1
2011-12 28 165 421 .392 202 253 .798 23 75 .307 174 79 52 15 555 19.8
Totals 100 439 1128 .289 544 718 .716 71 261 .272 513 252 186 25 1493 14.9

Law[edit]

After graduating from college, Tobar began studies at Georgetown University Law Center where she was a Public Interest Law Scholar.[4] After her brother was shot and paralyzed from the neck down in an incident while she was growing up in rural Arkansas, Tobar aspired to be a public defender.[15] Tobar was on the Pro Bono Board at Georgetown Law.[16]

After graduating from Georgetown Law, Tobar became the Zubrow Fellow in Children’s Law at the Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Benson, Reggie. "Alabama A&M basketball: Tobar continues to push the limits of her potential". al.com. Huntsville Times. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Obituary: Willie Lee Tobar". Blythville Courier News. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d Cooke, David. "Tobar ready to assist local young people". Blytheville Public Schools. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  4. ^ a b c "PILS 2015 Class" (PDF). law.georgetown.edu. Georgetown Law. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  5. ^ a b c d Benson, Reggie. "Alabama A&M basketball: Tobar up for yet another prestigious honor". The Huntsville Times. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Whiquitta Tobar: Zubrow Fellow". Juvenile Law Center. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  7. ^ "AAA Names All-State Teams". kait8.com. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  8. ^ "AAA Releases All-State Teams". Region 8 ABC. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  9. ^ "Arkansas HS Basketball All Star List Announced". rivals.com. Rivals. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  10. ^ Benson, Reggie. "A&M's Tobar named first-team All-SWAC". The Huntsville Times. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  11. ^ Benson, Reggie. "Alabama A&M women's basketball preview: Tobar gets a little help". The Huntsville Times. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  12. ^ "2011-12 SWAC All Conference Basketball Teams". Savannah Morning News. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  13. ^ Reggie, Benson. "Alabama A&M basketball: Tobar named SWAC Player of the Year". The Huntsville Times. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  14. ^ "WNBA PROSPECT PROFILE". WNBA.com. WNBA. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  15. ^ Schmitt, Rick. "Price and Perils of JD: Is Law School Worth It?". DC Bar. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  16. ^ "Pro Bono Board's Current Members". law.georgetown.edu. Georgetown Law. Retrieved 26 September 2015.