WNBA's Swoopes To Speak At Black Heritage Banquet Feb. 28

Feb. 24, 2003

by Phallan Davis, Student Newswriter

The Association of Black Students at Baylor University will host a banquet in celebration of black history month at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, on the fifth floor of the Cashion Academic Center in the Hankamer School of Business.

This year's theme is "Write the Vision," and the keynote speaker is Sheryl Swoopes, a forward with the four-time WNBA world champion Houston Comets.

"I would like people to leave with the understanding that celebrating black history month does not mean we should be limited to celebrating our past. There are people who are shaping our tomorrow and we should celebrate these leaders and their accomplishments as well," said Brea Ratliff, ABS president.

A native of Brownwood, Swoopes graduated from Texas Tech University in 1993 where she led the Lady Raiders to a national championship. She also shattered Bill Walton's record for most points ever scored in a Division I basketball game.

During her pro career, Swoopes was voted Most Valuable Player and Defensive Player of the Year in 2000. She is the first female athlete to have a Nike sneaker, the Air Swoopes. She also authored the best-selling children's book Bounce Back.

The a cappela gospel group, Soul Influence, will provide entertainment prior to the banquet.

Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for non-members and can be purchased at the ticket office on the first floor of the Bill Daniel Student Center.

For more information, contact the office of student activities at 710-2371.

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