Sheryl Denise Swoopes is regarded as one of the greatest female athletes of all time. She is often referred to as the “Female Michael Jordan”, and was inducted in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016. Swoopes was the first player signed to the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), and with the introduction of the Nike Air Swoopes in 1995, Sheryl became the first female athlete to have a Nike Shoe named after her. Sheryl is a 3-time Olympic Gold Medalist, 4-time WNBA Champion, and a NCAA National Champion.
As a professional athlete in the WNBA, Sheryl Swoopes spent ten seasons with the Houston Comets where she won four consecutive champions. She was named the league’s Most Valuable Player three times, Defensive Player of the Year three times, and Scoring Champion two times. Sheryl was named a WNBA All-Star six times. She was also named to the All-WNBA First Team five times and the All-WNBA Second Team two times. IN 2011, Swoopes was named one of the WNBA’s Top 15 Players and in 2016, she was named to the WNBA Top 20 @ 20 list. Sheryl also spent time with the Seattle Storm (May 2008-September 2008) and the Tulsa Shock (May 2011 – September 2011) during her WNBA playing career.
Swoopes has also served as a USA Basketball Athlete, playing one the Women’s National Team in the Olympics, World Cup and Goodwill Games. Sheryl has won a gold Medal in each of the three Olympics that she has competed in 2004 – Athens, 2000 – Sydney, 1996 – Atlanta). In addition to her Olympic Gold Medals, she has won two World Cup Gold Medals, two World Cup Bronze Medals, and one Goodwill Games Gold Medal.
Swoopes graduated from Texas Tech University in 1994 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise and Sports Science. During Swoopes’ time at Texas Tech, she led the Lady Raiders to the 1993 NCAA championship, scored a record breaking 47 points in the national championship game (a record that still stands today), and was named Final Four MVP. IN her senior campaign, she was also named the Naismith National Player of the Year, WBCA Player of the Year, Sports woman of the Year, AP Female Athlete of the Year, and became a two-time NCAA DI All-American.
Before attending Texas Tech, Swoopes attended South Plains Junior College where she earned National Junior College Player of the Year for the 1990-1991 season.
Other notables for Sheryl Swoopes include, 2017 Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee, 2015 WNBA Boost Mobile Pioneer Award, 2006 & 2001 ESPN Women’s Pro Basketball Player of the Year, 2004 Texas Women’s Hall of Fame, and 1998 NY March of Dimes Sports Woman of the Year.