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Lisa Leslie To Launch Her BASKETBALL & LEADERSHIP ACADEMY

FOUR TIME OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST, WNBA MVP & SPARKS CO-OWNER LISA LESLIE TO LAUNCH HER BASKETBALL & LEADERSHIP ACADEMY IN MARCH 2012 Lisa Leslie’s passion for “passing the ball” to the next generation has inspired her Basketball & Leadership Academy with aspirations to develop girls between 7 and 17 in not only the skills of…

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FOUR TIME OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST, WNBA MVP & SPARKS CO-OWNER LISA LESLIE TO LAUNCH HER BASKETBALL & LEADERSHIP ACADEMY IN MARCH 2012

Lisa Leslie’s passion for “passing the ball” to the next generation has inspired her Basketball & Leadership Academy with aspirations to develop girls between 7 and 17 in not only the skills of the game but also in life

 Lisa Leslie, four-time gold-medal winner and WNBA league/playoff/All-Star Game MVP will be launching her Lisa Leslie Basketball & Leadership Academy in March 2012.  The academy will deliver exclusive year round basketball skills training for girls and instill discipline, mental toughness and the qualities needed to win the game of life.  Visit www.lisaleslie9.comto find out more information and pre-register

The Basketball aspect of the Academy will offer two camps for girls between the ages of 7 and 17 – a Basketball Camp and an Elite Camp.  The Basketball Camp will be a series of weekly camps for girls looking for a fun, instructional week of basketball, with emphasis placed on teaching the basic offensive and defensive techniques and skills that are essential to the game.  The Elite Camp will provide training and the opportunity to be seen by some of the premier college and WNBA coaches in the nation for the serious athlete who is preparing to play Division I and professional basketball.

 

The Leadership aspect of the Academy will be structured to develop exemplary young ladies by teaching sportsmanship, dressing for success, interview training, appearance and personal hygiene, effective communication skills, volunteerism, mentorship and managing success and setback.  Leslie says “I am so grateful to have the opportunity to share my knowledge of the game of basketball and I look forward to “passing the ball” to the next generation!”

 

Recently, Leslie became the co-owner of her former team, Los Angeles Sparks. Alongside former NBC General Manager, Paula Madison, attorney and teacher, Kathy Goodman and Carla Christofferson.  She is the first former WNBA player to become a business partner and team ambassador.  “With my investment in the Sparks, my basketball career has truly come full circle.” Says Leslie.

Leslie not only played for the LA Sparks from 1997 to 2009, but she served as the team broadcaster. Leslie’s legacy is defined by championships.  She helped lead the U.S. women’s team to four consecutive gold medals from 1996-2008, and as a member of the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks, won back-to-back league championships (2001-2002) and three MVP awards (2001, 2004 and 2006).  She retired after the 2009 season as one of the most famous women’s basketball players of all time, went on to become a commentator for “Sports Zone” on ABC 7 Eyewitness News Los Angeles and wrote a book, Don’t Let the Lipstick Fool You.

For more information visit www.lisaleslie9.com.

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Reggie Bush: Paying college athletes will ‘destroy some people’

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College athletes getting paid for their services has been a worthy argument for a long time, but the NCAA finally supports a proposal to allow college athletes to sign endorsement deals and receive payment for their work after some of the best basketball recruits in the country have declared for the NBA’s G League instead of attending college.

While being paid for their work certainly is a step in the right direction, former NFL star Reggie Bush doesn’t think it’s such a great idea.

“Guidance is the one thing that young athletes coming through the college system miss on so much,” Bush told Playboy, according to ESPN. “I missed on it. They’re about to start paying college athletes. This is something that has never been experienced before, and it’s going to destroy some people if their foundation is not in the right place.”

A formal proposal for the new rules is set to be submitted no later than October to the NCAA board, and they will then vote on the proposal sometime before January 2021.

Bush was a two-time All-American running back during his days at USC, and helped the school win back-to-back titles in 2003 and 2004. He won the Heisman Trophy as college football’s best player in 2005, but forfeited the award in 2010 after the NCAA found that Bush received money and gifts from sports agents when he wasn’t allowed to do so.

The 35-year-old went on to have a successful NFL career after his collegiate days at USC. He played for the New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills and San Francisco 49ers before hanging up his cleats in 2017.

It’s weird to think that Bush is against athletes being paid for endorsement deals, especially considering he improperly accepted cash during his collegiate days.

Many college standouts will be able to use the money they earn to take care of their families, and that alone is a terrific reason why paying them is the right thing to do. They perform like professional athletes, earn their colleges and universities massive amounts of money and provide entertainment to fans, so why shouldn’t they be paid?

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Victims In Kobe Bryant Crash Have Now All Been Identified

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Here’s what is known so far about the tragic helicopter crash that claimed the lives of Kobe Bryant and eight other people.

Nine people were on board the Sikorsky S76 when something went wrong just before 10 a.m. Sunday.

The passengers were on their way to a basketball game when the chopper went down.

The helicopter’s flight path shows it going from Orange County to the San Fernando Valley and then hovering over the Glendale area as it waited for clearance to travel through the Valley to Calabasas. The tracking ends at the crash site in Calabasas.

Kobe Bryant’s 13-year old daughter Gianna was among those killed. Gianna — often called “Gigi” — was the second oldest of Bryant’s four daughters.

Bryant had coached Gianna’s AAU basketball team out of his Mamba Sports Academy training facility in Thousand Oaks for the past two years.

They were all reportedly headed to an AAU game when the crash happened.

In addition to Bryant and his daughter, three members of one family died in the crash.

John Altobelli was the head baseball coach at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa. His wife Keri and their daughter Alyssa were also on board.

The husband of Christina Mauser posted on Facebook that she died in the helicopter crash. Mauser was a basketball coach at Harbor Day School in Newport Beach, where Kobe’s daughter attended school. Mauser’s husband says he and his kids are devastated.

Sarah Chester and her middle school aged daughter Payton were on also on board the helicopter piloted by Ara Zobayan.

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Arrest warrant issued for Odell Beckham over alleged battery on police officer

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Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is potentially in legal trouble over an incident that took place in LSU’s locker room after Monday night’s national championship game.

Video appears to show Beckham slap the butt of a police officer who was in LSU’s locker room. NOLA.com reports that New Orleans police obtained an arrest warrant accusing Beckham of simple battery in connection with the incident.

The report said authorities originally wanted Beckham charged with misdemeanor sexual battery, but a judge denied that request.

Beckham, who played at LSU, was celebrating with the team on the field and in the locker room after they won the national championship. Beckham has already been under scrutiny over potentially breaking NCAA rules by handing cash to players, but this legal scrutiny is potentially much more problematic for him.

After Beckham appeared to slap the officer, the officer turned around and exchanged words with Beckham, but he was not arrested at the time.

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