During the March 6, 2013 Rotary Club of Tulsa weekly meeting, Tulsa Shock Coach Gary Kloppenburg, announced Swin Cash, WNBA Chicago Sky forward and two-time Gold Medal winning member of the USA Olympic women’s basketball team, will be this year’s female recipient of the Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Award.
As one of the most decorated and accomplished women in all of professional sports, Cash has made a name for herself as dominant, powerful and influential both on and off the court. Selected second overall in the 2002 WNBA draft, Cash wasted no time proving that she earned that number two spot, and then some. Exploding onto the WNBA scene her rookie season, Cash has held nothing back. She has since won 3 WNBA Championships, has been selected to the WNBA All-Star team an unprecedented five times, and has done what only one other woman in history has accomplished by earning multiple WNBA All-Star MVP awards.
In addition to her many accomplishments in the WNBA, Cash is a two-time Gold Medal winning member of the USA Olympic team (2004 and 2012). Her career started with the WNBA Detroit Shock in 2002. She was traded to the Seattle Storm in 2008 and last year joined the Chicago Sky as forward.
During her four years at UCONN, Connecticut won a pair of NCAA crowns in four NCAA Tournaments, advanced to the 2001 Final Four, and earned four Big East regular season and tourney titles. Cash earned NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player in 2002 and NCAA All-Eastern Regional honors in 2001. She was selected to the 2002 Kodak/WBCA and U.S. Basketball Writers Association All-America first team.
She is the first active WNBA player to be an NBA analyst for ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNews.
Cash just launched a new book, Humble Journey: More Precious Than Gold. It traces her eventful journey through her professional and personal life from that fateful call in 2008, when she failed to make the USA Olympic team, to the call in 2012.
What is perhaps most impressive about Cash, is that her accomplishments off of the court rival her achievements on the court. She is the founder of Swin Cash Enterprises and Cash Building Blocks, an urban development company that renovates and offers affordable homes for low-income families. She also is the founder of Cash for Kids foundation whose motto is “BELIEVE, ACHIEVE, THEN LEAD!” Cash For Kids uses sports and cultural activities as part of its mission to motivate, educate and elevate children. Through Cash for Kids, she has helped over a thousand children across the nation.
Cash was named to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Notable Alumni and received an honorary Doctorate in Public Service from Washington & Jefferson College in 2011. She has been honored twice as Sportswoman of the Year by Danner Dan Charities in Pittsburgh.
The Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Awards will be celebrating its twentieth year at the June 3, 2013 event. This year’s keynote speaker will be one of the top coaching figures in college basketball, John Calipari, the University of Kentucky