As a professional basketball player, I have had amazing opportunities to use my talents, to play with the best players in the world, and even to represent my country in the Olympics. All of those opportunities began at home.
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.
It doesn't take tremendous courage for Washington politicians to cut benefits for politically powerless women and children. On the other hand, imagine the courage it must take for successful men and women to share their personal stories that they once needed the food and nutrition assistance.
My sister found her passion in the Army. She fell in love with the camaraderie and challenge she found, first becoming an Arabic linguist and then a Blackhawk pilot. As I was preparing for the 2006 WNBA Finals, my sister was also preparing for battle -- the real one.