Sidney Holmes came to Brother Rice in 1996 from Whistler Elementary School. After his four years at Brother Rice as a student and standout on the Crusader basketball team, Sidney made his way to Barat College and then on to Lewis University, where he graduated with a BA in Sociology.
As you can see, Sidney has been able to continue playing the game he loves since his time at Brother Rice.
- Drafted in 2004-05 to the Rockford Lightning CBA(Continental Basketball Association); came in 2nd in the dunk contest, Eastern conference champions, runner up
- 2005 WBA champions (World Basketball Association) Rome Gladiators
- 2005-2006 Rockford Lightning (CBA) eastern conference champs and runner up
- 2006-07 Namika Lahti in Finland runner up
- 2007-08 Minot Skyrockets (CBA) All star team and runner up.
- 2008-2009 Romania, Cravio
- 2009-2010 Portugal Proliga team CBP Penefiel cup champions, import player of the year, MVP, runner up
- 2010 Gatorade replay game Brother Rice vs Bloom. Even the Score game. Gatorade MVP
- 2010-2011 Morrocco league, Team Wydad runner ups
- 2011-2015 worked with kids that have autism and special needs as well as has his own basketball camp
- 2014 TBT Illinois Hoopville Warriors Elite eight
- 2015 TBT sweet 17
- 2015- present PBL(Premier Basketball League) Rochester Razorsharks
Below is a reflection from Sidney about how Brother Rice impacted his life through adulthood:
Looking back over my career, one defining moment comes to mind: the day my mother enrolled me at Brother Rice, which really change my life. I went to a majority all black public elementary school, and now I was going to a Catholic high school where Caucasian and Hispanic students were the majority. It was like a culture shock, which really prepared me for life. Brother Rice has a strong tradition that teaches you to “Act Manfully in Jesus Christ.”
Before I started taking the bus to school, my mother would work 12 hours night shifts as a registered nurse, get off work, then take me to school. While stopping at red lights on the way to school, I would see my mother falling asleep; when I finally got to school, I would pray that she made it home safely. God delivered, because not only did she make it home, she would make it to all my basketball games. I knew exactly when she was there, because she would be the loudest in the gym, yelling, “Get a rebound, Sidney!” or “Let’s go team!” Her hard-work and sacrifice for us and the faith she had in me motivated me not to let her down, even to this day.
If you know me, I’m a team-first type of guy. Whatever the team needs for us to win, I would do. I’m a competitor at heart. I love a challenge, and if you say I can’t do it, odds are I will prove you wrong more times than not. My faith in God is my greatest strength. I always put my trust in God. I’m able to analyze and adapt to my environment, which is one of the reasons I have been successful in my basketball career. Plus, I’m a people person. I love seeing people improve. When people know you are trustworthy, then they open up to you. The bonds become stronger, which mean a stronger team. The teams I have played on in the course of my life have become part of my family, and, I’m proud to say, I have family around the world.