When I think about what sports have done for me , it makes me truly realize how important they are for our youth today. That is why I will be celebrating National Girls and Women in Sports Day today, with a promising outlook for our next generations of female leaders.
As a child, I was clueless to the level of poverty we were living in. Mom raised us to work as hard as possible at whatever task was before us, be willing to help others in need and be grateful for what we are given... all lessons that made the foundation of who I am today.
Any sport a young woman wants to play, there's an opportunity somewhere for her to play it. Our players with the Dream would think I was from Venus if I started telling them about how it was at the very beginning, because they don't know. They've always grown up with the opportunities.
There are many of us who are celebrating 40th birthdays this year along with the amendment, including Mia Hamm and Summer Sanders. Together we're of a generation of female athletes who kept our heads down, focusing on the sport itself, while Title IX blazed a trail in front of us.
A young Arab Muslim woman living in the Gulf can get amped up by a sick layup off the transition, and it actually has nothing to do with her being an Arab Muslim woman. It does, however, have everything to do with her being an athlete.
I wish all the ladies in the Draft this year much success. Keep getting better, good is never enough. I challenge them to know their history, for it is difficult to know where you are headed if you do not know from where you came.
Every person who participates in sports won't become a professional athlete. But everyone should have the same opportunities to chase their dreams. I may not have the same basketball gifts as a Kobe Bryant or LeBron James, but like them I was given a chance for equal play.
Celts for Blue Cure won't be just another cancer awareness event. It will bring a message for action aimed directly at students. That message? Diet and lifestyle can help you avoid getting prostate cancer.