10 Things You Didn’t Know about Lisa Leslie

We are so fortunate to have influential African-American leaders that inspire and motivate us everyday. As Black History month comes to a close, I thought it would be nice to focus on one African-American athlete that not only did great things for women but also set the bar for Blacks as a whole. Lisa Leslie is a former WNBA star and an amazing woman that personally encourages me to do my best everyday. So, 10 things that you didn’t know about the African American Superstar:
1.     Lisa played in the Olympics in 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008 and won gold medals all four times.
2.     Lisa did not start getting serious about basketball until the end of middle school.
3.     In 1990, she tried to beat the school’s scoring record, which was 105. She scored 101 before the half was
        over, but the other team forfeited before she could finish the job.
4.     Lisa went to USC because she liked what it could offer her for sports and education.
5.     She did not make the 1992 Olympic team, so set out to become better and joined in 1996.
6.     Lisa Leslie was the first woman to dunk in women’s basketball.
7.     In high school, Lisa excelled in track and played volleyball.
8.     Now retired, she no longer plays for them but is one of the owners of the LA Sparks.
9.     Lisa was one of the first women to play in the WNBA.
10.   Lisa Leslie is a women’s activist
There you have it ladies. The one and only, beautiful, and talented Lisa Leslie!
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