We kick off our second year of the Rebound series with Jackie Stiles! Jackie is one of the most celebrated basketball players in college basketball history. She became the all-time leading scorer for women’s college basketball while leading Southwest Missouri State to the 2001 Final Four. She was an All-American in college, drafted 4th overall in the 2001 WNBA Draft, and would become the WNBA Rookie of the Year.
In this episode, Jackie discusses her upbringing in the small town of Claflin, Kansas. How did an injury in high school, which could have derailed her goals but helped adjust her mindset? This new focus and drive led to her being recruited by some of the most significant programs in college basketball, including national powerhouse Connecticut. Why did she choose Southwest Missouri State over Connecticut? She talks about her college career, including the numerous scoring records she set and how it felt to cut down the nets after leading the Lady Bears to the Final Four. She also walks us through her experience of being inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.
With all of the success, Jackie has had to overcome some obstacles. Injuries led to her career being cut short. She also opens up about her struggles with ocular melanoma.
Jackie talks about the importance of fitness and her ability to serve others with NexGen Fitness. What did she learn about herself during the pandemic?
Find out more about Jackie at www.jackiestiles.com
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