Growing up, I had a dream to play for the University of Connecticut. This was heavily influenced by my family's ties to the state of Connecticut, my dad's love for UCONN, and great influential players like Rebecca Lobo. I felt it necessary to pay tribute to one of the greatest professional women athletes who made a huge impact on women in sports.
Growing up, I remember watching her play and thinking, "yeah girls can be good at basketball, really really good!" She helped lead the Huskies to an undefeated season and an NCAA championship. Not only was she great at basketball, she earned American honors for her academics as well.
After college, she went on to earn a gold medal on the USA Olympic team in 1996. Then she was one of the first WNBA players back in the innagural season in 1997 where she played with the New York Liberty and went all the way to the championship game. In 1999, she suffered a torn ACL in her left knee. Most would assume that after a successful list of accomplishments and a torn ACL, Rebecca would not return to the WNBA but that was not the case. In 2001, she came back to the court and played again! She retired from the game in 2003 and was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010.
Without Lobo's accomplishments, I am not convinced the popularity of women in sports would be as great as it is. She came back from an injury that would have put almost anyone else out for good. Her strength and courage is worth looking up to. She helped pave the way for all women to follow their dreams of playing sports while remaining feminine and intelligent. She was a great influence in the WNBA and a huge influence on my life. As a LadyBaller I strive to make an impact on womens sports just as she did.
*Image taken from WNBA.com