By Tracy Maple
After missing her junior year of basketball because of a torn knee ligament, Roslyn (Boatwright ’88) Porter not only returned to pick up her third varsity letter but also became part of a Regals softball team that advanced to the NAIA Championships in Oklahoma under head coach Wendy Olsen. Classmates convinced her to dust off her softball glove and cleats for her senior year.
For all of the impact she had on “Running Regals” sports, however, Porter had no idea that would be just the beginning of a special relationship between her family and CLU. Roslyn’s sister Maria Boatwright ’99 graduated in sociology, and her daughter Jazmyne Porter is now pursuing both basketball and her aunt’s major as a Regal. A senior guard, Jazmyne scored 18 points in the game this February that lifted the team to a second-straight conference title and an automatic NCAA playoff berth.
With a 10-year age gap between Roslyn and her sister Maria, it was a treat for the younger Boatwright to spend a weekend or part of a break with her sister in the dorms on campus. In turn, Maria carried on the tradition when she would bring her 7-year-old niece, Jazmyne, to the school for overnight stays.
Meanwhile, college education was leading to success off the court. Roslyn, a biology major, went on to earn a nursing degree elsewhere and currently works for SCAN Health Plan. As a student, Maria was involved with organizations that sparked her interest in teaching. She now teaches first grade in Compton.
“One of the groups I was active in was the multicultural and international programs, guided by Lucia Haro,” Maria said. “The Students Talk About Racism program allowed me the opportunity for eight weeks of hands-on training in a school setting.”
Although Jazmyne had been on campus as a kid, she decided to stay close to home after high school, attending CSU Long Beach and playing basketball. After her second year, she wanted to transfer and decided to take a look where her mom went and played.
Just as her mother had done when Norm Chung was the women’s basketball coach, Jazmyne took it upon herself to contact current head coach Roy Dow to schedule a visit and take a tour.
“I really enjoyed being on campus, and when I saw the dorm rooms, I was sold,” Jazmyne said.
However, Jazmyne never mentioned to her parents that she had applied or had visited CLU. So when she shared the news that she had been admitted, Roslyn was ecstatic.
“I had to control my emotions because I did not want to influence her decision,” said Roslyn.
Now, Jazmyne, a sociology major like her aunt Maria, is finishing up her tenure on the Regals squad as number 11, the same number that her mother wore through most of her playing career. Jazmyne unknowingly picked the number when she was on a travel team as a child, simply because she had just turned 11 at the time. “I found out that was the same jersey my mom wore so I kept wearing it,” she said.
The Porters’ CLU story may not end with Jazmyne. Younger sister Janelle, who played in a travel basketball tournament in 2006 in the old gym, is a senior at Long Beach Wilson High School and has submitted an application to Cal Lutheran.
Having made the commute from Long Beach to Thousand Oaks too many times to remember, Roslyn said she would not mind continuing that tradition over the next four years.
“Without traffic, the travel time is an hour and 10 minutes,” Roslyn said. “And we have definitely done it enough times to see this whole area transform.”