WNBA Star Lisa Leslie Stands For Empowerment
In 2011, Lisa Leslie was voted by fans as one of the Top 15 players in WNBA history, and today, she is reaching out to her fan base via a series of videos that aim to help women empower themselves and reach their full potential.
Leslie is a three-time WNBA MVP; four-time Olympic gold medal winner; appeared in 7 WNBA All-Star games and 2 WNBA championships over the course of eleven seasons with the Los Angeles Sparks (she is now a co-owner) and was the first women to dunk in the WNBA. So I kinda think she might know what she’s talking about.
Check out Leslie’s site for a series of videos in which Leslie shares her ‘secrets’ to success and teaches you how to ‘define your edge.’ She’s even giving away WNBA Finals tickets via a contest where fans are asked to tell Leslie ‘What I Stand For.’
- You could win 4 tickets to a 2011 WNBA Finals game with Lisa Leslie just for posting your “What I Stand For” video following this outline. The Contest begins on September 14th, 2011 at 6:00:00 A.M. Pacific Time (PT). The Contest ends on September 30th, 2011 at 11:59:59 P.M. Pacific Time (PT).
HOW TO ENTER: 1. Record a video of yourself sharing what you stand for following the outline taught by Lisa Leslie in her video on the Contest Website. Example: “Dear Lisa Leslie, My name is Jennifer. I’m 19 years old. The charity I support is____________ (insert your charity, service or cause). The reason I support this charity is because my family was homeless at one point growing up and not having a home was the worst experience of my life. I don’t want another kid to have to go through that. The action of service I’m committed to taking is to volunteer this year to help build one new home for a family. That’s what I stand for.”
2. Post your video by clicking here and submitting your entry.
3. Come back here and post the following words in the comments box below: “Lisa, I uploaded my “what I stand for” video.”
Props to Leslie for getting her fans involved with this creative initiative-we can’t wait to see the final videos.
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Grant Hill Makes Getting Vaccinated Easy
I don’t know about you guys, but I’m seriously needle-phobic. As a kid, I would routinely blackout in the doctors office at the mere thought of getting a ‘sleeping shot.” But today, I’d be much more interested in getting vaccinated if I had a hot-baller holding my hand. Notorious for his love of kids and all things community related, NBA babe Grant Hill hosted the Vaccines for Teens Tip-Off event today at Cordova Primary School in Phoenix.
“Being a parent and certainly understanding what’s important in having a healthy family and healthy children,” said Hill. “Anything I can do to promote health and considering what I’ve gone through with a number of issues regarding health personally it’s very rewarding.”
More than 250 squealing kids welcomed the seven-time All Star as he visited the school along with Basketball Hall of Famer and NBA Cares Ambassador, Bob Lanier. The two mighty-mighty fine men are part of the national multimedia campaign designed to educate teens and their parents about the importance of getting vaccinated.
Both the NBA and the WNBA have joined forces with the Society for Adolescent Medicine (SAM) to launch Vaccines for Teens. Hill is a spokesperson for the campaign and filmed a PSA which will debut nationally during the Friday, February 27 broadcast of the Detroit Pistons vs. Orlando Magic game on ESPN at 7:00 pm EST. Look for another PSA by Lisa Leslie of the Los Angeles Sparks to begin airing nationally soon. Also, Pistons guard Richard Hamilton and NBA Legend and Hall of Famer George Gervin will appear in PSAs that will be aired in Detroit and San Antonio areas respectively.
“I know they’re a little nervous so I’m just trying to distract them. I don’t know if I’m doing a good job though,” said Hill. (Um, Grant…you are indeed doing a phenomenal job.)
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NOW CAN THE GUYS DO IT?
Lisa Leslie and the women’s USA basketball team have done us proud. The wonder women were once again too good for the lasses from Australia and took home the gold medal for hoops after a 92-65 victory. Leslie, who dropped in 14 points, now has an astonishing four straight gold medals. She, along with former teammate Teresa Edwards are now the only basketball players EVER to win four gold medals. “It’s a blessing for me to be out on this floor, now participating in my fourth Olympics and walking away with a fourth gold medal,” Leslie said.
‘Trailing 13-10 late in the first quarter, U.S. coach Anne Donovan inserted her second unit, led by Lawson. Once again, the bench delivered just as it had throughout the Olympics with Lawson scoring the first six points of a 12-2 run to close the quarter as the U.S. took a 22-15 lead. Then Parker, who has had a relatively quiet Olympics averaging only 8.7 points, took over. She scored eight of the Americans’ 10 points to open the second quarter, including two three-point plays. On her second, the 6-foot-4 forward took the ball from the top of the key, dribbled through her legs and drove to the basket for a layup—a play that thrilled the U.S. men’s basketball players in the stands and brought a standing ovation from LeBron James.’ (Sports.Yahoo)
This makes me wonder if they ever have any mixed-games. I’d like to see Leslie and the girls take on the ‘Redeem Team.’ (My money would be on the girls) And I also wonder why women’s basketball isnt being watched by more people?
They are THE dream team that everybody seems to be napping through. Wake up people- we don’t need no redemption. The ladies just did it for the fourth time!
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IS RICK MAHORN THE DEVIL?
In case any of you missed the last five-seconds of the L.A. Sparks v Detroit Shock WNBA game last night…there was a bench clearing brawl which resulted in Candace Parker, Lisa Leslie, Delisha Milton-Jones and Detroit assistant coach Rick Mahorn getting ejected. “To be honest, I don’t recall exactly what happened,’’ said Parker, who led Los Angeles with 21 points. “I’ll have to watch the tape.’’ The brawl started seconds after LA’s Parker was fouled by Detroit’s Cherly Ford…Parker then got tangled up with (Detroit) player Plenette Peirson, fell to the ground and as she was getting up, Pierson intentionally ran into her, setting off the melee…Parker threw a punch at Pierson before being tackled by (Detroit) player Deanna’s Nolan. Players and coaches from both teams joined in, and that’s when Rick Mahorn pushed Lisa Leslie to the ground…Mahorn also grabbed the arm of Sparks assistant coach Laura Beeman…
“I was trying to protect the whole game, the integrity of the game,” said Rick Mahorn; “The WNBA is very special to me because I have four daughters. I don’t even raise my hand to them, and I would never push a woman. This game, I love this game too much.”
Mahorn isn’t sitting pretty in my book. Number one, pushing Leslie seemed a bit excessive to me, even IF he was trying to be a ‘peace-maker.’ Number two- ah, obviously you do ‘push women’ because you did. Heat of the moment? Nah…Really, Mahorn, you kinda seem like the type of guy that would lecture someone about the dangers of artificial sweeteners while washing down a baguette the size of Italy with a six pack of Diet Coke. Hypocrite much.
I’m not really sure who’s to blame here. Was Mahorn really trying to keep the peace, or did he lose it and make a bad decision? Sure there’s scuffles between female athletes all the time-whether its Danica acting a fool and getting a towel in the face, or fierce tension between balling chicks. It happens. Again, the thing Im having difficulty swallowing, is Mahorns behavior. Why don’t they have a female coach? Would we be beating up on Mahorn for ‘pushing a woman’ if he were a She? I kinda doubt it. So does that make it okay to have this sort of physical-confrontation between staff and players?
I, for one would have flipped a gasket if a coach put his hands on me like that..there would have been much more than ten-minutes of ESPN coverage…Mad love to Lisa Leslie, after the game she was interviewed…she was classy, calm, collected and incredibly eloquent despite the circumstances. “It’s really sad it happened,” Leslie said, “As a role model, it’s just really difficult-this is not the way we wanna represent ourselves, you know? I’m a mom, I don’t wanna represent myself like this in front of my daughter and then to have a coach push me down, I don’t even know why he was pushing me, I wasn’t swinging or hitting anybody. I was just gonna go help my teammate up.”
The Sparks won 84-81.
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