Meeting Sheryl Swoopes, WNBA Legend & Basketball Hall Of Famer
She swoops, she scores!
In April 24, 1996, the Women’s National Basketball Association was officially approved by the NBA Board of Governors. It was announced at a press conference with players Rebecca Lobo, Lisa Leslie and Sheryl Swoopes in attendance. As one of the first players to be signed onto the league, you knew right there and then that Swoopes would be big—and her career did not disappoint.
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Sheryl Denise Swoopes was born March 25, 1971 and when the WNBA was created 25 years later, she was the first player signed to the new league. Often referred to as the female Michael Jordan, Swoopes was and is known for her offensive handling of the ball, as well as her defensive skills on court. She was recruited by the Houston Comets during the inaugural season the following year and was vital in the team’s championship that same season.
During her stay with the Comets, Swoopes accumulated upwards of 2,000 points, 500 rebounds, 300 assists and 200 steals. In 2005, she averaged 18.6 points, 85 percent free throws, 4.3 assists and 2.65 steals per game. And by the time 2011 hit, she was voted as one of the Top 15 players in WNBA history.
She was awarded WNBA MVP in 2000, 2002 and 2005. She was the WNBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2000, 2002 and 2003. She was a four-time WNBA Champion. She’s the first player in the league’s history to score a playoff triple-double. And she’s the first female player to have a Nike shoe named after her.
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Now retired, Swoopes spends a lot of her time teaching the game she loves to a younger generation of athletes—particularly with the Jr. NBA Program. “Participating in sports and having proper nutrition are both integral parts of a child’s holistic development as it touches on physical, emotional and mental well-being,” she said. “Through the Jr. NBA program, I look forward to this opportunity to contribute to our goal of getting more kids, especially girls, to play the game of basketball and help them understand how working hard on their craft in the same way it opened doors for my career, can unlock greater opportunities in life.”
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Swoopes is taking some time out of her schedule to meet with Globe Platinum subscribers on May 19, 2018 at the Globe Iconic Platinum Lounge in Bonifacio High Street.
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