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A native of Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania, Avery is a graduate of Saint Joseph’s University. At Saint Joseph’s, she majored in Communications Studies while competing as a student-athlete on the Hawk’s women’s basketball team. Avery is currently playing her fifth year at Saint Joseph’s, while working on her Master’s in Writing Studies. Avery has received recognition as NCAA Student-Athlete of the Month for March 2019, the 2018 Pat Summit Most Courageous Award recipient, 2018 Philadelphia Sports Writers Most Courageous Award. She was also nominated for the 2018 Wilma Rudolph Student-Athlete Achievement Award and the 2018 Honda Inspiration Award nominee.
On August 23, 2014, Avery was challenged by the biggest obstacle of her life. She suffered a stroke. This stroke left Avery paralyzed on the left side. Taking up to three years to recover, she did not let her stroke defeat her. Avery overcame her stroke and returned to playing college basketball. She credits that experience for maturing her and giving her a new perspective on life. Avery thinks of herself as a stroke survivor, not a victim. Marz currently uses her platform and story to motivate youth and adults who may be facing difficult situations in their lives.
Avery aspires to become a sports broadcaster. She hopes the Winning Edge Game Changing Retreat will afford her the opportunity to network and gain valuable relationships.