Sheryl Swoopes

The first player to sign with the WNBA. The first female athlete with a signature shoe. The first and only four-peat in WNBA history. Sheryl Swoopes made a career out of doing what had never been done before. To this day, she holds the record for points scored in an NCAA championship game, dropping 47 to lead Texas Tech to the ‘93 title. In the WNBA, she did it all: 3x MVP, 6x All-Star, 2x scoring champion, 2x steals leader, 3x defensive player of the year, and of course, 4x Champion. With Team USA, Swoopes won three Olympic golds and two World Cups en route to being inducted into both the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. More than anything, Swoopes set the standard for what a women’s basketball superstar could do, from playing as a mother to getting her own signature shoe. Her boldness and bravado continue to reverberate throughout the basketball world today.