Sheryl Swoopes

Sheryl Swoopes


3/25/1971, Brownfield, Texas

Birth Name

Sheryl Marie Swoopes


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Sheryl Swoopes is an American basketball player whose accomplished various feats respectable by those who play and who don't play basketball. Sheryl married her high school sweetheart and had one son, Jordan Eric Jackson. She has since divorced and has been granted joint custody.


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Sheryl lists her favorite TV show as General Hospital.

    • On March 3, 2008, Sheryl signed with the Seattle Storm, ending her eleven year stint with the Houston Comets.

    • Sheryl won the 2001 ESPY award for Women's Pro Basketball Player of the Year.

    • Sheryl co-wrote the Positively for Kids book, Bounce Back, in which she shares valuable lessons she's leaned in life and basketball.

    • Sheryl is the second player in WNBA history to win both the All-Star game MVP and regular season MVP in the same season. The first to accomplish this was Lisa Leslie.

    • In October 2005, Sheryl gained national notoriety after she came out as a lesbian. She announced that she was living with and intimate with former Houston Comets assistant coach Alisa Scott.

    • Sheryl's earliest basketball memory came from when her 8 year old team, the Little Dribblers, made it to the national championship.

    • Sheryl was the first WNBA player to record a playoff triple-double in the 2005 WNBA Playoffs against the Seattle Storm.

    • Sheryl has won three Olympic Gold medals with the USA Women's Basketball Team from Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, and Athens 2004.

    • Sheryl attended Texas Tech College and graduated in 1993. In two seasons at Texas Tech, she led them to a 58-8 record and a 1993 NCAA Championship.

    • Sheryl is 6 feet tall and plays the position of a forward.

    • Sheryl gave birth to her son, Jordan Eric Jackson, on June 25, 1997. Coincidentally this was also the birth year of the WNBA.

    • Sheryl was the first woman to have a Nike basketball shoe named after her. They were called "Air Swoopes."

  • Quotes

    • Sheryl: I'm just at a point in my life where I'm tired of having to pretend to be somebody I'm not. I'm tired of having to hide my feelings about the person I care about. About the person I love.

    • Sheryl: (on how her career has lasted so long) For me, because I understand the game more and I know what it takes to be able to compete and be successful at this level. Because of all that, discipline, dedication and determination to be the best I can be.

    • Sheryl: I can't help who I fall in love with. No one can.…I didn't always know I was gay. I honestly didn't. Do I think I was born this way? No. And that's probably confusing to some, because I know a lot of people believe that you are…Discovering I'm gay just sort of happened much later in life…I'm content with who I am and who I'm with. Whether people think that's right, whether they think it's wrong, I don't care.

    • Sheryl: No matter how far life pushes you down, no matter how much you hurt, you can always bounce back.

    • Sheryl: I'm at a place in my life right now where I'm very happy, very content. I'm finally OK with the idea of who I love, who I want to be with.