Relationships range in depth from surface level to ones so impactful they alter the course of your life.
Relationships can mold and define who we are as individuals. Often they make us better than we could ever be on our own.
Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a campus that fosters relationships that are made through students and faculty. But some special ones begin long before the college life.
Siblings Nia and Styles Winston hail from Garland where the student-athletes starred at Lakeview Centennial High School. But their stardom didn’t stop there.
This brother and sister duo was afforded the opportunity to play collegiate athletics, and both chose to continue their careers in Waxahachie at SAGU.
The relationship between a brother and sister is unlike any other. Add sports to the equation and the connection can be taken to a different level.
“It was pretty fun. We always had a good rivalry when I played basketball with her,” Styles said. “Basketball isn’t my best (game) and she would always beat me.”
While he may not have been great on the court, his skill on the gridiron gave her a chance to cheer.
“Then, when I started playing football, we came together as a team and began cheering for each other and pushing each other to succeed,” Styles said.
“At one point we both played basketball. He would tell me that he heard I scored 20 points and would say I scored 25,” Nia said. “So I guess you could say we are kind of competitive. We want to come out on top.”
The sense of rivalry and making each other better didn’t just stop with traditional sports. It carried over into recreational ones as well.
“She may have been better than me at basketball, but when it comes to bowling I’m definitely better than her,” Styles said.
When Nia heard him say that she laughed and made sure to clear up the debate.
“He isn’t better than me at bowling,” she retorted. “It always goes back and forth, especially when we are with the family. Everyone in our family loves to compete with each other.”
Sibling relationships are often competitive. Life wouldn’t be the same without being able to have others to compete with, especially when there is such a strong familial bond.
“We have competed in everything, even to see who could eat the fastest,” quipped Styles.
A lineage and heritage of competition fueled this relationship. It is only fitting that it would come from their parents.
“My dad played football in high school, and my mom was a cheerleader and softball player,” Nia said.
But it doesn’t stop there. Styles mentioned there might be another future collegiate athlete in the family.
“Our little brother plays football and basketball at Lakeview Centennial as well,” Styles said. “And he is a really good athlete.”
Nia, a 5-foot, 8-inch guard, led SAGU in scoring as a sophomore by scoring 13.8 points per game. It ranked her in the Top 10 in the league in scoring.
During his freshman campaign as a running back for the Lions, Styles picked up 96 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The six-foot, 185-pounder’s slashing style was on display during a 41-0 win against Haskell University when he rushed for 68 yards.
The pair had opportunities to play elsewhere, but they chose to attend SAGU.
“Football wise, I enjoy it here because it’s not too big and everyone is coming together as a team,” Styles explained. “It’s not too large and you can grow closer at this campus.”
Nia commented that SAGU’s environment is amazing.
“People always want to help you,” Nia said. “You just can’t get that from any other school.”
SAGU has enjoyed the success and contributions that have been made by Nia and Styles. Their bond and their energy are inspiring. It’s safe to say that two Winstons are better than one.