September 25 2013
WNBA champion & 2X Olympic Gold Medalist recognized for exemplifying
ethical behavior, fair play and integrity on the court
CHICAGO, September 20, 2013 – Chicago Sky forward Swin Cash has been named the recipient of the 2013 Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award by the WNBA. A 12-year WNBA veteran, Swin is one of the most decorated and accomplished women in all of professional sports and has made a name for herself as a dominate and powerful figure both on and off the court.
Swin is the founder of Cash For Kids, a 501(c)(3) charity with the mission “to motivate, educate, and elevate” kids with a particular focus on fitness. Cash For Kids has helped thousands of children across the U.S. with a focus on the communities where Swin grew up (McKeesport and Pittsburgh, PA), where she lives (Atlanta, GA) and where she plays (Chicago, IL). She is also the founder of Cash Building Blocks, LP, an urban development company that renovates and offers affordable homes for low income families in Pennsylvania.
Since being drafted #2 in the WNBA, Swin has won three WNBA Championships, has been selected to the WNBA All-Star team five times, and earned two WNBA All-Star MVP awards – only the second player in history to win multiple All-Star MVPs. In addition to her two Olympic Gold medals, she’s won a FIBA World Championship.
Swin received an honorary doctorate in Public Service from Washington & Jefferson College; is a two-time recipient of the WNBA Community Assist Award; served as an Envoy for the U.S. State Department working with schools in Manchester and London; acted as a mentor for the White House Office of Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships and White House Fatherhood Initiative; and earlier this year, received the Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Award and Rainbow PUSH Coalition and Citizenship Education Fund – Trailblazer Award.
Swin is the author of Humble Journey: More Precious Than Gold which traces her road from the fateful call in 2008 when she failed to make the U.S. Olympic team, to the call in 2012 when she went on to win her second gold medal. She regularly serves as a commentator and analyst for ESPN, CBS, NBC and additional networks.
In honor of being named the Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award winner, Swin will receive $5,000 and a specially-designed trophy from Tiffany & Co. An additional $5,000 will be designated to her charity, Cash For Kids.
Every year, each of the WNBA teams nominates one of its players to compete for this award. From these nominees, a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters vote for first and second place winners of this award. The award is named for the late Kim Perrot, who helped guide the Houston Comets to their first two WNBA championships before she died in August, 1999, after a seven-month battle with cancer.
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