Sheryl Swoopes

(Sheryl Denise Swoopes)

Sheryl Swoopes
Sheryl Swoopes
  • Born: March 25, 1971
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Athlete

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Sheryl Denise Swoopes is a retired American professional basketball player. She was the first player to be signed in the WNBA, is a three-time WNBA MVP, and was named one of the league's Top 15 Players of All Time at the 2011 WNBA All-Star Game. Swoopes has won three Olympic gold medals, and is one of ten women's basketball players to have won an Olympic gold medal, an NCAA Championship and a WNBA title. She was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016. In 2017, she was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.

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As a result of Title IX, and a new generation of parents who want their daughters to have the opportunities they never had, women's sports have arrived. Sports & Athletics ;Women
Being gay has nothing to do with the three gold medals or the three MVPs or the four championships I've won. I'm still the same person. I'm Sheryl.
Discovering I'm gay just sort of happened much later in life. Life
Dream big work hard. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Every level that I have ever competed on, I have risen to the top.
Everybody wants to win.
For me, honestly, it's not about individual accomplishments, individual award. It's about what I've got to do and how I can contribute to the team.
I always believe someone somewhere is working harder than me and that motivates me to work harder, give 100%. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I can't help who I fall in love with. No one can. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I didn't grow up thinking, 'Oh, maybe someday I'm going to have a shoe named after me.'
I don't want to have to hide from the world anymore.
I had never made any plans beyond basketball.
I have accomplished everything I set out to accomplish when I started playing the sport at 7. And probably even more. Sports & Athletics
I like to see people doubt me.
I never really officially retired from the WNBA, I just left the doors open.
I never thought a basketball shoe would be named after a woman, let alone me.
I was very bitter, frustrated, hurt, angry - I went through all types of emotions when I first was out of the WNBA.
If you do not believe yourself no one else will.
I'm at a place in my life right now where I'm very happy, very content. I'm finally OK with the idea of who I love, who I want to be with. Life ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I'm finally OK with the idea of who I love, who I want to be with. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
It didn't matter how good I was. It was always, 'You're a girl. You can't play with the guys.' It's always been motivation for me.
I've accomplished everything a person can accomplish on a basketball court, but I never thought about the future when I was younger. I never made plans for the next stage in my life. Life ;Future
I've always been a firm believer in mind over matter. If you don't believe you can achieve, your body will start to believe this and you'll be stuck.
No matter how far life pushes you down, no matter how much you hurt, you can always bounce back. Life
Players don't really ask for much or want much. But the things that they do need are important.
Sexuality and gender don't change anyone's performance on the court.
Some people might say my coming out after just winning the MVP award is heroic, and I understand that.
There are so many women out there relying on me to represent them. Women
There is nothing I've been through in my life that I regret, or that I would go back and change. I feel like everything that happened - personally and professionally - I went through for a reason, and I learned from those things. Life
There was the misconception out there that I retired after the 2008 season, but that was never the case. I wasn't done with basketball yet, and I'm still not done.
To me, the most important thing is happiness. Happiness & Unhappiness
TV is what sells your product.
Women play just as hard as guys do. We're just as competitive. Women
You have to be positive, and I'm not just talking about athletics, this also applies to life. Life