- NAME: Sheryl Swoopes
- OCCUPATION: Basketball Player
- BIRTH DATE: March 25, 1971 (Age: 42)
- Did You Know?: In 1997, Sheryl Swoopes became the first player to be signed to the WNBA.
- Did You Know?: In 1995, Sheryl Swoopes became the first woman to have a Nike shoe named after her.
- Did You Know?: Playing for Texas Tech University in the early 1990s, Sheryl Swoopes scored 1,000 points in 46 games—a shorter period than anyone else in school history.
- EDUCATION: South Plains Junior College, Texas Tech University
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Brownfield, Texas
- Full Name: Sheryl Denise Swoopes
- Nickname: Female Michael Jordan
- AKA: Sheryl Swoopes
- ZODIAC SIGN: Aries
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Sheryl Swoopes is an American basketball star and three-time Olympic gold medalist. She's also the first player to be signed to the WNBA.
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"I'm tired of having to hide my feelings about the person I care about. About the person I love. ...I was basically living a lie." Swoopes had previously been married to Eric Jackson. The couple divorced in 1999 and has a son together, Jordan Eric Jackson.
After 11 years with the Comets,
Swoopes went to play for the Seattle Storm in 2008. But her time with the team proved short; the team dropped her from their roster the following year. Swoopes returned to the court as a member of the Tulsa Shock in 2011—marking the start of what would be her final stint in the WNBA.
In 2013, Swoopes announced that she would be returning to college basketball, this time as a coach. She was hired by Chicago's Loyola University, marking her very first coaching position. What Swoopes lacks in experience, she seems to more than make up for in determination and enthusiasm. "I can't guarantee anything, but I can promise you this: I'm going to give everything that I have every single day," Swoopes said of the upcoming season in an interview with The Associated Press. "Everything that I've done and accomplished as a player, it's time to pass that on, and I'm so thrilled for this opportunity."
In 2011, Swoopes becamed engaged to Chris Unclesho. The fact that she is now involved with a man has surprised some. In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, Swoopes explained, "Everybody goes through things in life. We have different stages, phases. My life has changed tremendously since 2005."
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