Bussie busy build­ing non­profit Be More Inc.

For­mer Se­ton Keough star aims to close the age gap for af­ter-school ac­tiv­i­ties

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As a pro­fes­sional bas­ket­ball player in Poland a few years ago, Asya Bussie didn’t have much to do be­sides bas­ket­ball, so she spent a lot of time think­ing about what she wanted to do when she re­turned home to Bal­ti­more.

She wanted to give back af­ter en­joy­ing stel­lar bas­ket­ball ca­reers at Se­ton Keough and West Vir­ginia, but she wasn’t sure how. Pon­der­ing her youth, she found the an­swer.

“I thought about how there was no af­ter-school pro­gram for me to go to while I was wait­ing for [Am­a­teur Ath­letic Union bas­ket­ball] prac­tice,” said The Bal­ti­more Sun’s 2009 Girls Bas­ket­ball Player of the Year. “I would just go to my coach’s house and do my home­work and wait ’til prac­tice while my mom was work­ing.

“The end goal is for kids to have a safe place to come af­ter school where they can get home­work done — if they need a tu­tor, a tu­tor’s there — and there’s also a court to work out on. I wish I had had that.”

Bussie, 26 and the mother of a 14-mon­thold daugh­ter, in­cor­po­rated her non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion, Be More Inc., two years ago, Asya Bussie in­cor­po­rated her non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion, Be More Inc., two years ago, aiming to even­tu­ally have its own space to house the pro­gram and of­fer home­work help and af­ter-school ac­tiv­i­ties for mid­dle school boys and girls.

KIM HAIRSTON/BAL­TI­MORE SUN

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