Candace Parker

Candace Parker

Candace Parker, Professional basketball player in the WNBA for the LA Sparks. She was the first woman to dunk in an NCAA tournament game and then first to dunk twice in a college game. 

“It started off in high school. I wanted to dunk before my brothers. I was a lot taller than them, so my dad challenged me and threw me a tennis ball, and I just worked on it, and it was just something I did after workouts. And then it turned into, "why not?" Why not try adding that to my game. I definitely don't want to be known solely for my dunks. I really try to work hard at other aspects of my game, but it obviously gets you points and excitement and attention to the women's games.” 

"The hardest thing I've had to overcome in basketball is my injuries. I've had a great deal of setbacks in that aspect, and I love basketball so much, and I'm so passionate about it that it's hard to sit out and watch other people play it. You know, there's obstacles in life, and it's about how you handle it. Sometimes it's not what happens, but rather your reaction to it."

SB Nation, Photograph via Inside Womens Hoops

Julia Hartz

Julia Hartz

 Gabrielle Scrimshaw

Gabrielle Scrimshaw