Drasco native and Concord senior Kaleah Davis has been a major contributor for the Concord Lady Pirates basketball and softball programs for the past three years, helping the softball team to two consecutive state finals in 2015 and 2016, while also serving as the leading scorer on a basketball team that punched their first ever ticket to the State Tournament in school history this past season.
 
When the school year ends and many students hit the beach or partake in other summer activities, Davis is playing travel basketball for the Arkansas Sting, based out of Beebe. Add softball in the mix for the past summers, and that makes for quite a busy schedule. With many weekends devoted to sports, a recent opportunity came to Davis that she knew she couldn’t turn down, showing a side of her that goes beyond athletics.
 
Davis returned home Monday night from a mission trip in Juarez, Mexico, that saw her and nine other helpers, including her mother Lisa, contribute to a local Vacation Bible School as well as help with construction for a nearby church, staying strong despite facing heat, fatigue and even flooding throughout the week. The group also played soccer with the children and helped civilians who were affected by the flooding.
 
 “This trip left an everlasting impact on my life,” said Davis. “Every day learning, watching, and helping these individuals, my faith grew stronger. Although we couldn’t speak the same language, it didn’t matter. We used the language of love on this trip and that is something I’ll never forget.”
 
While the mission trip will have a strong and lasting impact on herself, Davis believes that her group also left an imprint on the kids and adults they spent time with. “As I look back and think about the things we did there, I feel as if we did make a difference in people’s lives through the spirit of God. If it wasn’t for Him, none of this would have been possible.”
 
As the career games pile up, faith has always been key for Davis, serving as a prayer warrior for the teams she has played on. “It is through God that I have the talents that I do, so it’s only right of me to give Him the glory. Praying is a way for me to bring God in and to deepen my relationship with Him, and being able to pray for my team and the community is something I take much pride in,” exclaimed Davis.
 
This October, the 5’9” guard will lace up for her final season on the hardwood as a Lady Pirate, as she is only the second female athlete from Concord to be named All-State in both basketball and softball since the turn of the century. She is currently averaging 15 points per game on a Sting team that has competed in tournaments in Texas, Branson, Missouri, and Fayetteville throughout their time together, scheduled to play in Conway tomorrow before traveling to Atlanta, Georgia next week.