Someone asked me to define a legend. My simple response to the question is WNBA’s 3-time MVP and 4-time Olympic Gold Medal winner, Lisa Leslie.
Webster’s Dictionary defines a legend as a person or thing that inspires and Leslie is the complete embodiment of the word “legend.”
The Women’s National Basketball Association was created in 1995, and in that same year, Leslie started playing as a center for the Los Angeles Sparks. She is truly a pioneer of women’s basketball.
For me, as a young girl growing up, Leslie was indisputably, not only the face of basketball, but the face for women in a sport dominated by and declared for men.
As a member of the Los Angeles Sparks, Leslie won two back-to-back WNBA Championships. Other notable accolades include but are not limited to: being the first woman to dunk in a WNBA game, being the all-time leader in rebounds for the league, and receiving four Olympic gold medals in basketball, the most among men and women in the sport. (We could fill an entire page with her accolades alone!) She would go on to make appearances on television shows, and in music videos and movies.
Leslie is no stranger to participating in philanthropic charitable endeavors either. She works with the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund, which raises money to fight women’s cancer with the focus being on breast cancer. Kay Yow was a coach for the North Carolina State women’s basketball team, who succumbed to her own battle with the disease.
Leslie is involved with various other cancer organizations because her stepfather died battling liver cancer in 2001.
Leslie is also on record supporting the Semper Fi fund, who is dedicated to providing needed resources for combat-wounded and critically ill U.S Armed Forces members. She is a wife, mother, author, basketball player, model and sports analyst. Simply put, WNBA Superstar Lisa Leslie, is a legend!