Sheryl Swoopes has dominated basketball since the birth of the Women's National Basketball Association in 1997.
After capturing Olympic gold in the 1996 Olympics, she began playing in the WNBA's inaugural season just seven weeks after the birth of her son Jordan, named after her hero Michael Jordan. Since then, she has led the unstoppable Houston Comets to three championships and league dominance.
Swoopes' career has been defined by record-breaking accomplishments. While a senior at Texas Tech University, she shattered Bill Walton's record for the most points ever scored in a Division I NCAA basketball championship game and was named National Player of the Year and MVP. In the WNBA, Swoopes cemented her place in basketball history by becoming the first league player to record a triple-double (in points, rebounds and assists). Off the court, she made her mark in corporate America and retail stores nationwide as the first woman to have a Nike sneaker named after her, the Air Swoopes.
Balancing the seemingly irreconcilable roles of dedicated single mother, word class athlete and best-selling author of the children's book Bounce Back, Swoopes proves that the modern super woman isn't just a myth. Known as one of the WNBA's most eloquent spokespeople, she inspires audiences to aim high and illustrates that with passion, determination and hard work, you really can have it all.