Lisa Leslie, born July 7, 1972, in Gardena, Calif., and a graduate of the University of Southern California, is arguably the most-recognized player in the WNBA. She won her fourth straight gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games with the second-highest field-goal percentage and the second most blocked shots in the field. Leslie is tied with one other basketball player for the most gold medals earned in the Olympics. Besides being an Olympic champion and three-time WNBA MVP, Leslie lead the charge for the Los Angeles Sparks. The Sparks won the WNBA title for the first time in 2001. The same year Leslie was named MVP of the league, the All-Star Game and the WNBA Finals, becoming the first player ever to garner all three awards in the same season. She also became the first player to score with a dunk in a WNBA game. Leslie continues to be the WNBA’s leader in all-time points and all-time rebounds. For another milestone, Lisa Leslie is the first player in WNBA history to score 6,000-plus points.
In 2009, Leslie announced her retirement from the WNBA. Off the court, Leslie took third place with celebrity partner Dan Cortese last summer in ABC’s hit show “Superstars,” which pairs world-class athletes and celebrities together to determine the world’s best athlete. Leslie is married to Michael Lockwood, a pilot and former Air Force basketball player. They welcomed their second child this past spring.
Her favorite physical activities include playing volleyball and tennis. The fruits and vegetables that keep Lisa dribbling are are apples, peaches, strawberries, spinach, broccoli and green beans.
With Lisa Leslie’s “Hoop Like a Champion,” children shoot to score by attempting different basketball shots with various colored balls representing different healthy foods.