|No. 17 – Retired|
|Species||Husky ( Canidae )|
February 12, 1996|
|Listed height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Listed weight||185 lb (84 kg)|
|College||Black Tundra University|
|FBA draft||2016 / Round: 1 / Pick: 22nd overall|
|Selected by the Albany Alphas|
|Pro playing career||2016–2021|
|Career highlights and awards|
|2021 Salary||$6.5 million|
|(OOC) Usage||Ask me before any use|
Akiak Pratt (born February 12, 1996) is an American professional basketball player for the Lorain Firestorm of the Furry Basketball Association (FBA). He previously played collegiate basketball for Black Tundra University. The Albany Alphas selected him in the first round of the 2016 FBA Draft.
Akiak Pratt (originally Panik Pratt) was born in Fairbanks, Alaska. A beautiful husky pup to parents David and Akna Pratt, Akiak came into the world a biological female. Being the first and only child to David and Akna, Panik, meaning daughter, seemed a fitting name for the pup.
Home life for the young husky consisted of a stay at home mother and a military father who always seemed to be working. At a young age, David had already made a great impact on his daughter. By the age of ten, the husky had already made it her dream to be like her father. To her, her father was a powerful yet gentle authority figure that she strived to be like. Unfortunately for Panik, there wasn't much time to spend with her father.
To pass the time, she'd play whatever the neighborhood kids played. Always being more of a tom-boy, Panik found herself playing more of basketball than anything else. From the second that she found out how the game worked, as well as the difficulties of playing against bigger bodies than her, Panik's interest in basketball began to grow. Eventually when she turned twelve, a basketball and hoop was requested as a birthday present. Whenever no one was free to play, the husky would spend her time playing by herself trying her best to not only get better, but to try and distract herself from the absence of her father.
Once she reached high school, her free time revolved around basketball. At first, she was wary of how her father would feel with her playing the sport. Much to her surprise, her father encouraged it. It was however during her first year that she began to feel differently. Being in the locker room, watching all the girls change as she simply stood there feeling off, sometimes even feeling as if she was getting a stomach ache at the thought of changing herself; she finally came to terms with being transgender.
Slowly, Panik began to make her transition. Although she had already started wearing more boy-ish clothes when she was younger, she decided to take it a step further and speak to her mother about buying actual men's clothes. When her mother asked why she'd want to do such a thing, she made the difficult and scary decision of telling her mother about her increasing Dysphoria and how she'd confirmed her feelings over the past few years as those of a transgender individual. Thankfully, her mother was alright with it; though she admitted it may take her time to fully understand, she promised to fully support her son through this transition.
With the help of her mother, a binder and change of clothes helped to ease the husky's everyday life. Akiak, a male name given to her by her mother even made her feel more comfortable.
Everything seemed to go well until the day her father found out.
David Pratt couldn't understand how his daughter could say something as ridiculous as, I'm Transgender. Although he had seen the increasing change, from the way his daughter had been as a tom-boy, to when the change of clothes had happened, he had never wanted to accept that there was something more at play than just the idea of his daughter trying new things. While Akiak's mother gave him his full support, his father did not. This was a huge blow to the husky and only aided in bringing back dysphoric feelings that he'd tried so hard to snuff.
That summer, Akiak spent all his time outside playing the one thing that helped to calm him --- basketball. It was over the summer that he also fully got into the FBA and discovered a new role model. Mike Timmids was a light in the darkness for the husky. Not only was Mike a professional basketball player - he was a transgender basketball player. Mike became Akiak's new role model and Akiak spent hours watching video's of the Pronghorn. A new feeling began to grow in the seventeen year old. It was the anticipation and excitement of his new dream.
Once he reached the age of eighteen, Panik Pratt at the time, with his mother's encouragement, legally changed his name to Akiak; meaning Brave. Black Tundra University would be where he would work harder than he ever had. Two years later, at the age of 20, after a continued period of testosterone therapy, the husky finally got top surgery. It was also at this time that he declared his name for the draft despite any complaints his father had thrown at him.
Basketball had always been there for him. Through thick and thin, whenever Akiak needed a break from whatever was going on in his life, a break from the always lingering thoughts of where his father was, a break from the endless dysphoria - he always had basketball to turn to. It was more than a passion. It was a way to cope. It was, if anything, also his last chance at getting his father to understand and accept him for who he really was. If he could show his father that he could get in with the Pros, BE one of the pros, then maybe, just maybe his father could say something like, That's my son, Akiak Pratt. Not only would Akiak prove that he could make his dream come true, he would also make work to share his story and help transgender rights; LGBT rights in general.
Akiak is currently engaged to fellow FBA player Kaspar Kuusik.
|Lorain Firestorm - 1st Bench (W:22 L:42) [S:58 B:6 R:0]|
|Player Impact Estimate (PIE) History|
2016 - 2017 Regular Season Stats