WNBA star who came out in 2005 also attending pre-event reception
Basketball star Sheryl Swoopes will be the guest speaker at Lambda Legal’s 2007 Women’s Brunch, “Making the Case for Equality,” on Saturday, March 10, at a private home.
Swoopes, born in Brownfield, Texas, became a standout on the basketball court at an early age. She played on the Brownfield High School team that won the Texas 3A state championship in the 1987-88 school year.
Swoopes attended South Plains Junior College in Hockley County for her first two years of college, then transferred to Texas Tech in Lubbock. There, she led the Lady Raiders to two Southwest Conference titles, two NCAA Tournament appearances, and the 1993 NCAA championship. She was Sports Illustrated’s 1993 National Player of the Year and was named MVP of the NCAA Final Four that same year after setting an NCAA record for most points scored in the title game with 47.
Swoopes’ Texas Tech jersey, No. 22, was retired on Feb. 19, 1994, but Swoopes was already on her way to more glory on the court. Swoopes won Olympic gold medals with the USA Women’s Basketball Team in 1996, 2000 and 2004. She was on the USA women’s team that won the FIBA World Championship gold medal in 2002, and on the USA women’s team that won gold at the 1994 Goodwill Games. She is only one of seven USA Women’s Basketball players to compete three times in the Olympics, and one of only five who have won an NCAA title, a WNBA title and Olympic gold.
Swoopes was a member of the WNBA team that toured Europe in 1997, making her debut with the Houston Comets in the new women’s professional league in August of that year, less than two months after the birth of her son.
Swoopes was one of the stars that led the Comets to four consecutive WNBA championships in 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000 and last year was named to the league’s All-Decade Team, along with three of her current and former teammates.
In September 2005, Swoopes became the first WNBA player to be named MVP three times (in 2000, 2002 and 2005). The next month, she came out as a lesbian, one of the most high-profile professional athletes to ever do so.
The luncheon begins with a private reception from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. for Liberty Circle Members. It will be followed by brunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at a private residence. Admission is a suggested $100 donation for non-Liberty Circle members.
To become a Liberty Circle member or to RSVP to the event, call 214-219-8585 or e-mail email@example.com by Monday, March 5.
Sponsors for the event are Merrill Lynch, Carol Meyer and Julie Hash of The Meyer Group and Lisa Blue and Fred Baron.
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition March 2, 2007