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.
A short story about finding oneself through sport.
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.
From the Seattle Storm taking the championship to attending my first-ever WNBA game, the 2018 season will always be special to me.
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.
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.