I’ve always been a fan of Lisa Leslie. She has been the face of women’s basketball and has been a positive role model for girls and women that play basketball and sports in general. I’m happy to hear that she is now the co-owner of her former team, the Los Angeles Sparks.
By recently joining the group that owns the team, Lisa Leslie has become the first former player to invest in the WNBA in it’s 15-year history.
The former LA Sparks legend joined chairperson Paula Madison and investors Kathy Goodman and Carla Christofferson in the team’s ownership group.
Leslie, a University of Southern California grad, is used to being first. She was the first woman to dunk in a game, the first to reach 6,000 career points, and now she is the first WNBA player to invest in a professional basketball team.
Leslie told reporters she’s excited and proud to be a member of the Sparks’ ownership group.
“After spending over a decade playing with the Sparks and then the last two season as both a fan and team broadcaster, I couldn’t be happier to rejoin the organization formally as a business partner and team ambassador,” Leslie told NBC4 news. “I look forward to being as asset to the Sparks in the areas of marketing and community outreach.”
Some more facts on Lisa: she retired from the WNBA in 2009. She is a 4-time Olympic gold medalist, 2-time WNBA Champion, 3-time WNBA MVP, and an 8-time WNBA All-Star.
Congratulation to Lisa. I wish her much success.