Sheryl Swoopes, of Brownfield, Texas, won championships on the high school, college, Olympic and professional levels. At Brownfield, she led her team to the 1988 Class 3A State Championship with a 49-40 victory against Hardin-Jefferson. At Texas, Tech Swoopes led the Lady Raiders to the 1993 national championship with an 84-82 win against Ohio State. She was named the Final Four's MVP after setting the championship-game scoring record with 47 points. She was a member of the 1996 and 2000 U.S. Women's Olympic gold medal-winning basketball teams. In 1995, she became the first woman to have a basketball shoe named after her when the Air Swoopes was introduced by Nike. The first player ever selected by the WNBA, Swoopes was named league MVP and Defensive Player of the Year for the WNBA's Houston Comets in 2000. A three-time WNBA MVP, Swoopes and the Comets won the WNBA's first four championships from 1997 to 2000. Swoopes also spent time playing with the Seattle Storm and the Tulsa Shock (where she played after coming out of retirement in 2011) of the WNBA, as well as overseas in Russia, Italy and Greece. She was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1999.

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