Doane Welcomes Olympian, WBNA Legend Sheryl Swoopes

Doane Welcomes Olympian, WBNA Legend Sheryl Swoopes

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Olympic gold medalist and women's basketball legend Sheryl Swoopes will tell of the perseverance and resolve behind her success in a presentation in Doane College's Heckman Auditorium on Monday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m.

Swoopes will present "Dedication and Determination: The Keys to Success."  She also will meet with Doane's basketball teams during her visit, which is sponsored by the college's Hansen Leadership Program.  

Swoopes' spirit and determination were integral in her journey from an eight-year-old attending nationals with the Little Dribblers Team to   leading Texas Tech University to two Southwest Conference titles and the 1993 NCAA title.

Swoopes rose to become a household name in sports, the first woman to have her own Nike shoe - Air Swoopes - named after her.

She is a three-time Olympian, receiving gold medals at the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games. In 2003, she was a member of the USA women's basketball national team that played around the world in preparation for the Olympics. Swoopes also participated in the 1994 Goodwill Games, 1999 Winter European Tour and the 2002 World Games.

Sidelined in 2001-02 with a torn ACL injury, Swoopes rebounded and earned the  league's MVP title.

Other honors bestowed on the Brownfield, Texas native include:

- Named the 2002 WNBA "Player-of-the-Year" and the 2003 WNBA's "Defensive Player-of-the-Year."

- Winner of an ESPY at the 2000 ESPY Awards for Female Professional Basketball Player-of-the-Year

- Named to the all WNBA first team in 1998-2000 and 2002

- Named a "Sister in the Spotlight" by Ebony magazine in 2003

- Inducted into the Texas Tech "Hall of Fame" and "Texas Women's Hall of Fame"

- Recognized as one of "Houston's Living Legends"

- Appearances on The Today Show, The Weakest Link, CNN's Paula Zahn Show and ESPN as a guest analyst.

Off the court, Swoopes is dedicated to educating and empowering youth, founding the Sheryl Swoopes Foundation for Youth.

She also is a single parent to her young son, Jordan, whom she calls "her most important achievement."

Swoopes continues to play for her original team, the Houston Comets.

For more information, contact Jim Hermelbracht, director of the Hansen Leadership Program, at 402.826.8271.

Posted by Nancy Weyers on 11/15/2006 2:05:00 PM


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