Tricosa Green was born and raised in Orlando, Florida, and is an alumni of Jones High School. When she graduated in 1995, she elected to attend Valencia Community College, and received a full basketball scholarship. She continued her basketball career at Livingstone College located in Salisbury, N.C., and graduated with a B.S. degree in Computer Information System.
During her college years, she has achieved significant accomplishments such as becoming a member of the ‘DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY INC’, led the team to two regular season conference championships, was nominated as the CIAA All First Team and All Star team, and was awarded the Athletic Scholar of the Year (1999). The spring of 1999 she was invited to the WNBA Association tryouts, but an ankle injury briefly derailed her career. Despite the adversity, she later pursued the opportunity to play professional basketball in France for the next 3.5 years. In her early basketball career, she consumed the name “Le Pearl Noir” (The Black Pearl) due to the rare dominating passion for basketball she brought to the team.
In 2006, Tricosa returned to the United States looking forward to starting a new journey. She became heavily involved in her daughter’s basketball career and high school practices. During the off season, she would offer free basketball lessons to the community. It was evident that the lack of confidence, self-esteem and self-motivation all have haunted the youth like the plague. Her strong desire to rebuild self-confidence by breaking old habits and developing new productive ones became a top priority.
For that reason, Tricosa gave birth to The Black Pearl Foundation (TBPF) on July 29, 2018 and the organization has been registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The seed was planted more than 10 years ago to offer a unique developmental program designed for the youth, focusing on building a strong confident foundation in the early years of their lives. TBPF wishes to expand the value proposition by harnessing new resources, utilizing opportunities, and in the future increase the capacity to serve a wider pool of surrounding communities.