This month and in the future, the Mavs will continue to elevate the experiences and perspectives of Black players, coaches, employees, artists and fans through various community activations and events. We also continue to shine the spotlight on a new era of young black men and women leading the way for future generations.
Brittany Myricks is enjoying her second NBA season with the Dallas Mavericks D-Town Crew, and the former collegiate sprinter is showing young girls how they can be athletes and dancers. The Ontario, Calif., native is one of the Mavs’ captains this season, and she’s the daughter of two pro sports stars. His mother Arnita was one of America’s top 100-meter runners in the 80s and early 90s, and his father Larry is a four-time Olympian who won a bronze medal at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. . Myricks is a wedding planner and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of New Mexico. She’s proud to be a young black woman who has the courage to follow all her dreams and never put a limit on what’s possible. She learned from the generations that preceded her.
“Every time I step onto this court with my teammates doing what I love to do, those are the times I feel the strongest because those are the times I have prayed for,” Myricks said. “These are the times that I have asked God, these are the times that I am so grateful for.”
Mavs.com caught up with Myricks to find out more about his life…
HOMETOWN: Ontario, California.
NBA SEASONS: Veteran, second season, one of the team captains
CAREER: wedding planner
UNIVERSITY: Mt. San Antonio College and University of New Mexico
Mavs.com: Hey Britt! Before talking about Black History Month, can you tell us more about your life with our fans?
Myricks: I’ve had a very blessed life and I don’t take that for granted for a moment. I grew up in Southern California and from a young age I was always exposed to sports and active programs. I was born into a track and field family as both my parents were professional track and field athletes and that is also the path I ventured into. I ran track in high school, at my community college, Mt. San Antonio College (Go Mounties!) and then received a full scholarship as a sprinter at the University of New Mexico (Go Lobos! )
Mavs.com: It’s an amazing accomplishment to be a college athlete. How did that eventually turn into dancing and ultimately lead you to the NBA with the Dallas Mavericks?
Myricks: As a student athlete, my time at Mt. Sac and UNM is priceless. I had incredible experiences, met unforgettable people, learned about myself and my gifts. After four years in college, I graduated Magna Cum Laude. Even though my time was spent in athletics, I never forgot my love of dancing. I moved to Dallas in 2017 and have loved being here ever since.
The week I moved, I immediately immersed myself in dance lessons from so many different teachers. I learned different styles and had to relearn some dance basics to form a professional dance team here in Dallas.
Fast forward and my hard work paid off as I was on the Allen Americans Ice Angels for two seasons under Stephanie Dibiase and was named one of four captains my sophomore year. She was one of the people I had the chance to know because she was an incredible coach and manager, a great friend to me, a mentor and even a mother bear! I’m so excited and honored to be part of the D-Town Dallas Mavericks team and hope to continue to be a great teammate and leader of this team for years to come!
Mavs.com: What has your experience been like since joining the Crew? When do you come back to life and feel the strongest?
Myricks: Since D-Town’s inaugural season in 2020, it’s been a wild ride! With the Covid-19, there have been ups and downs in this team. However, to continue to be a part of that and see where the program is today, with people becoming my family, is the greatest thing ever and something that I don’t take for granted.
Every time I step onto this pitch with my teammates doing what I love to do, those are the times I feel the strongest because those are the times I have prayed for. These are the times that I have asked God for, these are the times that I am so grateful for.
Mavs.com: Every February, the Dallas Mavericks and NBA community come together to celebrate Black History Month and the game’s incredible leaders like you. What does Black History mean to you?
Myricks: What black history means to me is simply defying the odds. Defy the odds and show people that you can do ANYTHING you want in this lifetime. Challenge the odds and make a name for yourself in ANY industry you want. We may have darker, more varied skin tones, but we’re just as talented, just as smart, just as special, just as important, just as deserving of a life we could only dream of once. times. It’s what our great ancestors did, it’s what our families did and still do, and we must vow that it’s what we’ll continue to do. Challenge the odds against us.
Mavs.com: On that note, which black man or woman has inspired you the most? Who receives your Lifetime Achievement Award and why have they had such a profound impact on your life?
Myricks: The only person who would receive the Lifetime Achievement Award in my life would have to be my mother. I’ve always seen her work so incredibly hard to make my life the best it can be and I can’t thank her enough for that. Seeing her pursue her dreams and aspirations despite the color of her skin or the circumstances presented to her said a lot about my life. She is always in my corner, always by my side and is my biggest cheerleader. I can only hope to be half as amazing as the woman she is. I love you mom!
Mavs.com: We love it now too! If there is a young person reading this who aspires to follow in your footsteps, what is your advice for them?
Myricks: One thing I will preach until I turn blue is that it’s never too late to start! I wasn’t that girl who had been dancing since she was two and had a dance coach and so on. No. I started dancing in high school, and that was my freshman year of high school to be exact. I took a dance class and I knew dancing was something I loved. It was something I loved, even though I didn’t know the correct body placement, dance terminology, and didn’t necessarily look the part.
I knew I had rhythm and could learn so I continued in class. It was certainly not an easy trip though. Starting late meant I had to learn everything other women had already taught them from a young age. I was confident enough to be uncomfortable and that was huge for me. You had these beautiful, delicate yet powerful young women doing effortless leaps and turns and movements.
Then you had me, which looked like it should be on the track and not in the studio trying to mimic the same moves. I felt like a bull in a china shop. But I kept going and kept working and to my surprise, I made my high school varsity dance team! In fact, I left the athletics team to join the dance team! Moral of the story, if you want to do something you’re passionate about: don’t let age or your lack of knowledge hold you back. Do what you want to do and make sure you strive to be the best at it.
Mavs.com: What was your experience as a black athlete or performer in the dance industry? What better can we do to encourage a new generation of young black boys and girls to pursue their dreams in this industry?
Myricks: It’s been amazing, but it’s been more of an internal battle than a struggle from other people that make me feel a certain way. I had internal battles that I didn’t look like other women, or my body type wasn’t as feminine as others, or I was more muscular, etc. But I ended up accepting it and I just learned to feel good about myself. It was very important to me. Knowing that I am not like other women and accepting that has been a game changer. The best we can do to encourage this new generation is to reassure them that they can be as good as the rest. It’s about confidence knowing they can be amazing that’s important.
Mavs.com: Finally, a bit of self-reflection here, but what do you consider your gift to the world?
Myricks: I think just being a light in the world is enough to make me proud. I always remember that what makes me different and unique is not something I did. This is what God did for me and through me. I’m proudest when I can let his light shine through me, because at the end of the day, I wouldn’t be where I am without my faith. We say prayers before we play and my favorite prayer is “Lord, let your light shine through us. Keep us away and let people see you.