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Sports Moments That Made You Cry: My night at ‘The Bob’

It was the Maryland Terrapins versus the Delaware Blue Hens in December of 2012. It featured Tianna Hawkins and Alyssa Thomas for the Terrapins and Elena Delle Donne for the Blue Hens in one of the most important family moments of my life. Seven years later, Hawkins and Delle Donne would face Thomas in the 2019 WNBA Finals.

My First Basketball Love: Community, mental health and the 2012 Chicago Sky

A short story about finding oneself through sport.

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My First Basketball Love: A'ja and the Vegas Aces

With toughness and grit, WNBA players embody American values at their purest. They battle on the court for wins and off the court for visibility, media coverage and respect.

My First Basketball Love: Tamika Catchings-led 1997 Lady Vols

Most middle school girls weren’t studying Tamika Catchings in 1997. A young woman in Austin, however, discovered both the game and a player destined for greatness through the Tennessee Lady Volunteers’ championship run that year.

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My First Basketball Love

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My First Basketball Love: Why the 2018 WNBA season rocked my world

From the Seattle Storm taking the championship to attending my first-ever WNBA game, the 2018 season will always be special to me.

My First Basketball Love: The 2006 Sacramento Monarchs

The 2006 Sacramento Monarchs, led by Kara Lawson, Nicole Powell, Ticha Penicheiro and Yolanda Griffith, failed to win back-to-back titles but put up a valiant effort in the Finals against Deanna Nolan and the Detroit Shock.

Did Brittney Griner save your life, too?

Instead of eating a fistful of pills on April 29, 2013, I wrote my coming-out letter and came out as gay. As Pride 2018 winds to a close, I hope my experiences will remind others why visibility, representation and coming out still matter.