ELIZABETH – Seven-year-old Aliyah Bashir already has an impressive sports resume.
She has won MVP awards in football, basketball and baseball, and the football team she played for was one of nine winners in this year’s nationwide Toyota Tiny Football League contest.
Bashir played quarterback and outside linebacker for the Elizabeth Packers flag football team this year. She threw 25 touchdowns this year – according to assistant coach Mark Carmichael, no other flag football player even threw 20.
Carmichael called Bashir “a gifted athlete” and said, “She is skilled beyond her years.”
Elizabeth Packers President Carlos Torres said, “Aliyah is a special person. She goes above and beyond. She was the first one at practice and the last to leave.”
Sports success runs in the family. Her father, Khalid Bashir, was a star football player for Elizabeth. He started training Aliyah and her brother Khalid Bashir III when they were three and four years old. “When Aliyah first started playing football, people thought she was going to be a cheerleader. Once they saw her play, everyone was cheering for her.”
Aliyah is also a point guard on her basketball team and is a pitcher and shortstop on her baseball team. She is an honor roll student at Gifted & Talented Terence C. Reilly School No. 7 in Elizabeth.
(Photos provided by Khalid Bashir)
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