Corrie Bird is the biological daughter of NBA legend Larry Bird and his ex-wife Janet Condra. She is the first child of both of her parents and was born before her father began his NBA career, which has turned him into a household name today.
Corrie currently works as a manager in a top-tier hospital in Indiana, USA. Due to the nature of her parent’s relationship, which led to a divorce, Corrie, who was born 14th of August 1977, was raised by her mother and stepfather. This, amongst other things, is why she hasn’t had a smooth relationship with her biological father- Larry Bird.
Corrie Bird Was Born In 1977 To Larry Bird and Janet Condra
Corrie Bird was born in Brazil, Indiana, on the 14th of August 1977 to Larry Bird and Janet Condra. Her parents are both natives of the same town in Indiana and even attended the same schools. They started out as friends before their relationship progressed to the romantic stage. They had so much hope for their future and were both over the moon when Larry got an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Indiana.
After spending just about a month in his new position at the University of Indiana, Larry became unsure and overwhelmed by his new environment. He went back home and began to work as a driver of a garbage disposal truck. Through all his period of uncertainty, Janet was a constant by his side as their love and relationship continued to blossom.
Larry was in this limbo for a couple of months before he was convinced by a coaching assistant at Indiana State University to come back to play college basketball, and he saw sense and returned. By the time Larry Bird was a freshman in 1975, he was already officially married to his childhood sweetheart Janet.
Corrie’s Parents Divorced After A Few Years
Many will say that Larry Bird and Janet Condra married too early and caved when the pressures of married life hit them. Either way, they did work at reconciliation after their initial separation in 1976. While the reconciliation did not work out, they had their baby-Corrie in 1977. Even though there is no love lost between Larry and Janet, Corrie was raised in Indiana by her mother and then, consequently, by her stepfather- Mr. Hargrave.
Her biological father, on the other hand, went ahead to dominate the NBA with several fantastic plays throughout the 1980s. Larry Bird mostly played for the Boston Celtics, traveling and living at different places at different points in his career. For a long time, Corrie had no meaningful contact or relationship with her father outside of the regular child support payments that he made and a few Christmas presents.
The Split Affected Her Relationship With Her Dad
Growing up, Corrie Bird didn’t enjoy a close relationship with her biological father despite her best efforts. While in high school, she played basketball and even sent him regular updates about her life through pictures, all of which he never responded to.
It is difficult to ascertain what goes through Larry Bird’s mind when it comes to his daughter, but it appears that he just wanted to do his duty by her. Corrie, on the other hand, wanted to have a personal relationship with him and didn’t let his unresponsiveness deter her from constantly reaching out.
Corrie’s biggest letdown in their relationship could have been in 1993 when he was retiring from the NBA. She heard about a large ceremony that was organized in his honor and wrote to him asking for an invitation as it was his custom, Larry Bird failed to respond, and he made Corrie miss out on the momentous event in his life.
In recent times, they seem to be making headways in their relationship, all thanks to Larry Birds’ second wife Dina Mattingly. When Corrie was young, Dina made it a tradition to send her presents, and now that she is older, she invites her to some basketball games to join the family, putting the father and daughter in direct contact. Even though their relationship is no way near perfect, it is definitely different from how things used to be, thanks to Dina Mattingly.
Speaking on his rocky relationship with his daughter, Larry Bird confessed that the strained relationship between himself and Corrie’s mother made it difficult for him to know how to act around his daughter, which was the major reason why he stayed away. He has confessed that he is really proud of the woman she has grown into.
Corrie Bird is a Healthcare Manager
Corrie Bird took her education really seriously and attended Indiana State University, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Business Administration. She then proceeded to get her MBA in Healthcare Management from Wesleyan University in Indiana in 2011. She has since worked as a health and business manager for many hospitals in Indiana.
Some of them include St Vincent Clay Hospital from 2002 to 2007, where she worked as a business office manager. She then worked with the Union Associated Physicians Clinics between 2008 to 2016 as a practice manager. With years of experience under her belt, she proceeded to St Mary Woods College, where she worked as the clinical coordinator of the nursing department from 2018 to 2019.
Presently, she works as the registration supervisor at Putnam County Hospital, Greencastle, Indiana -a position she has held since 2019 when she joined the hospital. Even though Corrie doesn’t work in the same field as her father, the spirit of excellence sure runs in the family.
Corrie and Trent Batson Got Married in Indiana in 2008
Sometime in the mid-2000s, Corrie met and began a relationship with a man named Trent Batson, who would later become her husband. Corrie Bird’s husband is a fellow Indiana native who works as a security specialist and a public safety officer with the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana.
The love birds got married at the White Chapel at Rose-Hulman with a reception at the institute’s dining Hall. It was an intimate affair, and it is not known if Corrie’s biological father, Larry Bird, attended the ceremony. Since their wedding, Corrie and her husband have welcomed two children. Their first child was born 18th of June 2012, a daughter they named Violet Marie.
They welcomed their son- Sebastian Gray, on the 20th of April 2017. Trent Batson also has two children (Samantha and Christian) from his previous marriage. Corrie Bird used to run a blog where she detailed her family life, but she hasn’t posted anything since 2010.
She has Three Half Siblings From Her Mother and Father
Corrie Bird is definitely not the only child of her parents, as she has half-siblings from both her mother and father. From her mother, Corrie is believed to have a half-sister by the name of Mandy. Mandy is a talented singer who has performed in several interesting places. The sisters share a close bond, and Mandy even sang at Corrie’s wedding. When it was Mandy’s turn to get married in 2010, Corrie organized a bridal shower for her sister.
From Her father’s side, Corrie Bird has two half-siblings named Mariah Bird and Conner Bird, who was adopted by Larry and his wife Dina when they were infants. Mariah and Conner both have College degrees and are doing fine now. It also goes without saying that Corrie Bird is not the only daughter of Larry Bird.