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.
Tennis Player Coco Gauff Tests Positive For COVID-19, Will Not Attend Olympics
17-year-old tennis player Cori “Coco” Gauff was slated to be on the U.S. tennis team at the upcoming Olympic Games, but has withdrawn after testing positive for COVID-19.
She broke the news via social media.
“I am so disappointed to share the news that I have tested positive for COVID and won’t be able to play in the Olympic Games in Tokyo,” she wrote in a note. “It has always been a dream of mine to represent the USA at the Olympics, and I hope there will be many more chances for me to make this come true in the future.” At #25, Gauff is the youngest player with a Women’s Tennis Association ranking in the top 100 .
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At 15, Gauff shocked the sports world when she beat tennis icon Venus Williams in the opening round of Wimbledon in 2019. She then bested Williams again during her Australian Open debut in January 2020 and defeated Naomi Osaka at the same event.
Gauff finished her statement by wishing all of her fellow athletes well. “I want to wish TEAM USA best of luck and a safe game for every Olympian and the entire Olympic family.”
Magic’s Jonathan Isaac stands for national anthem as teammates, opponents kneel
Orlando Magic power forward Jonathan Isaac became the first NBA player to stand during the national anthem following the season restart … deciding against both kneeling and wearing a Black Lives Matter shirt.
The league’s coaches, refs and players — from LeBron James to Zion Williamson — have been using the anthem demonstrations to raise awareness as games pick back up in Orlando … a gesture that is being supported by NBA commish Adam Silver.
Isaac became the first player to choose to stand as the anthem was played before the Magic’s match-up with the Brooklyn Nets on Friday … while the rest of the team’s players and staffers took a knee.
It’s worth noting — Silver says everyone will have the option to kneel during the anthem without consequence … despite a league rule requiring players to stand.
The same goes for anyone who wishes to stand — no one is saying the players HAVE to kneel, either.
So far, Jonathan hasn’t commented on his decision to stand publicly — because the game is currently being played. But, when he does, we’ll update here.
Charles Barkley spoke about the demonstrations on Thursday during TNT’s “Inside The NBA,” saying, “The national anthem means different things to different people.”
“I’m glad these guys are unified. If people don’t kneel, they’re not a bad person. I want to make that perfectly clear. I’m glad they had unity, but if we have a guy who doesn’t want to kneel because the anthem means something to him, he should not be vilified.”
The Magic released a statement in support of the demonstration, saying, “The DeVos Family and the Orlando Magic organization fully supports Magic players who have chosen to leverage their professional platform to send a peaceful and powerful message condemning bigotry, racial injustice and the unwarranted use of violence by police, especially against people of color.”
“We are proud of the positive impact our players have made and join with them in the belief that sports can bring people together — bridging divides and promoting inclusion, equality, diversity and unity.”
Reggie Bush: Paying college athletes will ‘destroy some people’
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?