Female athlete: Candace Parker

Candace Parker a current WNBA (Women’s National Basketball Association) star player for the LA Sparks. Little did she know that being drafted 7 years ago she would become one of the best women basketball players.

She was selected as the 1st overall pick in the 2008 WNBA by the Los Angeles Sparks on April 19, 2008. Up against Phoenix Mercury she scored 34 points, 12 rebounds, 8 assists, Candace immediately made her mark as the best rookie debut in league history. Parker finished the year 18.5 ppg, 9.5 rpg while sharing the court with WNBA All-Stars Lisa Leslie and Delisha Milton-Jones. At the end of her first season Candace won the Most Valuable Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year Award. During her second season she gave birth to her daughter Lailaa Nicole Williams Due to her newborn child, Parker missed most of the season; but she still lead the WNBA in Double-Doubles. In her sixth season Candace won her second MVP award and later was awarded the All-Star MVP stated www.candaceparker.com.

Candace Parker not only played with the WNBA, but she also was part of the Team USA in the Summer Olympics at Beijing. In the final game against Australia she contributed 14 points which lead to the US earning their fourth gold medal in a row reported www.candaceparker.com. In 2012 she joined the team at the Summer Olympics held at London; she lead the team to another gold medal to maintain the winning streak stated www.candaceparker.com.

Candace Parker is not just an All Star MVP player, she is also a huge role model for other girls aspiring to become great female athlete.

“With a night off from playing professional basketball overseas, the Los Angeles Sparks superstar returned to her old stomping grounds. Alongside friends and family, including her four-year old daughter, she received the ultimate homecoming with nearly 15 thousand of her biggest fans in attendance to witness her No. 3 jersey be placed in its final resting spot before the Lady Vols tipoff against LSU,” reports www.utdailybeacon.com.