Elite athlete Valerie Still is a trailblazer in women’s sports and intersectionality of sports and spirituality. She was among the first female players to receive a basketball scholarship to the University of Kentucky, eventually leading the Wildcats in becoming one of the nation's top programs. She still holds UK’s career records (men and women) in scoring and rebounding. She was also a member of the USA National team.
With no pro leagues for women in the USA, Valerie traveled to Europe to pursue her basketball career after college. She was one of the most dominant basketball players in both Italy and the United States. She won her first pro championship in Italy along with numerous All-Star titles before returning to the USA in 1996 to join the American Basketball League (ABL), a newly formed pro league for women. She won two world championships with the Columbus Quest and was named MVP for both championship series while shortly after giving birth to her son. After the ABL folded she joined the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), playing with the Washington Mystics and later became a WNBA assistant coach.
Valerie is a humanitarian, an author, member of an African American Legacy Family (a direct descendant of William Still, also known as “the Father of the Underground Railroad”) but importantly Valerie has come to realize the power and peace in understanding that she is pure light, unlimited energy. Her memoirs, Playing Black and Blue: Still I Rise shares her journey from a stress-filled, highly-competitive life based on physicality and fighting against sexism and racism to one of enlightenment and empowerment through mindful awareness and self-discovery. As a pro athlete and a woman of color, Valerie has learned the secret to Healing Trauma and Collective Wounds. She shares some of her secrets including discovering the Power of Silence during the COVID19 lockdown.
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