Yannie Chan leads Heep Yunn School to beat Hon Wah College 66-46 to become champions of the 2018/19 Nike All Hong Kong Schools Jing Ying Basketball Tournament at Queen Elizabeth Stadium, Hong Kong, on January 27, 2019. Photo: SCMP Yannie Chan leads Heep Yunn School to beat Hon Wah College 66-46 to become champions of the 2018/19 Nike All Hong Kong Schools Jing Ying Basketball Tournament at Queen Elizabeth Stadium, Hong Kong, on January 27, 2019. Photo: SCMP
Yannie Chan leads Heep Yunn School to beat Hon Wah College 66-46 to become champions of the 2018/19 Nike All Hong Kong Schools Jing Ying Basketball Tournament at Queen Elizabeth Stadium, Hong Kong, on January 27, 2019. Photo: SCMP
Hong Kong

First locally schooled Hong Kong woman to play basketball in America’s NCAA on her dream come true, and the coach who helped it happen

  • Yannie Chan, 19, has been awarded a four-year partial academic scholarship to study at Emmanuel College in Boston
  • For coach William Lo, it’s the start of achieving his vision of nurturing women’s sports in Hong Kong

Topic |   Hong Kong
Yannie Chan leads Heep Yunn School to beat Hon Wah College 66-46 to become champions of the 2018/19 Nike All Hong Kong Schools Jing Ying Basketball Tournament at Queen Elizabeth Stadium, Hong Kong, on January 27, 2019. Photo: SCMP Yannie Chan leads Heep Yunn School to beat Hon Wah College 66-46 to become champions of the 2018/19 Nike All Hong Kong Schools Jing Ying Basketball Tournament at Queen Elizabeth Stadium, Hong Kong, on January 27, 2019. Photo: SCMP
Yannie Chan leads Heep Yunn School to beat Hon Wah College 66-46 to become champions of the 2018/19 Nike All Hong Kong Schools Jing Ying Basketball Tournament at Queen Elizabeth Stadium, Hong Kong, on January 27, 2019. Photo: SCMP

Corrected [10:10am, 15 Mar, 2021]

  • [10:10am, 15 Mar, 2021]

    This story was amended to show that Yannie Chan was awarded a four-year scholarship and that the name of the sponsor was Zonta Club of Hong Kong II.

  • [11:48am, 18 Mar, 2021]

    The story has been amended to reflect that Chan is the first woman from a Hong Kong government-funded school to play basketball in the NCAA. Two other women from Hong Kong, educated at Hong Kong International School, a private institution, have played NCAA basketball since 1996.

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