WOODWAY, Texas (KWTX) Pam Dominik, who’s taught first graders in the Midway ISD for 30 years, has formed a strong bond with the Lady Bears and their coach, Kim Mulkey.
Pam Dominik's first graders are cheering on the Lady Bears. (Photo by Drake Lawson)
Dominik, a Midway High School graduate, played basketball at Baylor when the school’s women’s team was known as the “Bearettes”
"When I started at Baylor they went from half-court basketball, to the full-court basketball for women," Dominik said.
"That was a huge change for me then, and now everybody does it."
Dominik renewed her connection with the Baylor women’s team after Mulkey’s son, Kramer Robertson, ended up in her first grade class.
She and Mulkey became friends and the Lady Bears coach attempts to pay a visit to her classes every year.
"I think she enjoyed being with them as much as we enjoyed being with her," Dominik said.
Lady Bears players have also dropped by to speak with students, sharing valuable lessons about college and life.
"I love that strong female role models are seen for my girls and sometimes the boys think that the men are the strongest... so I want them to see there is equally good athletes in all sports," Domink said.
"I just think that they teach them some good life lessons as college students. They can be able to say, 'If you want to play you have to be able to do certain things, to be able to stay and play,' (and) that’s good for them to know that."
The Lady Bears have reached the Sweet Sixteen round of the NCAA women’s tournament for the 11th straight season, and Dominik says this team is one of the best she’s ever seen.
"I’ve watched them for years and this seems to be the most cohesive teams I have seen in a long time they seem to be great team players and I think that’s the key they could definitely do it (win the championship)," Dominik said.
The Lady Bears face South Carolina at 1 p.m. Saturday in Greensboro, N.C.
The game will be carried on ESPN.