Head of School Dr. Alex Curtis announced earlier this month that professional athlete Lisa Leslie will deliver Commencement remarks to the Class of 2022 on Sunday, May 29.
Leslie is a one of the most-recognized players of both the WNBA and Team USA. A three-time WNBA MVP, two-time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year, and inductee into both the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, she has had a stunning and storied athletic career. She carried the gold-winning Team USA in 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008, becoming the first team sport athlete to win four consecutive Olympic Gold Medals. She led the Los Angeles Sparks to their first WNBA Championship, became the WNBA all-time leading scorer, and shocked the world with the first slam-dunk in WNBA history.
She is currently a co-host of CBS Sports' We Need To Talk and the reigning Coach of the Year of the BIG3. In 2008, Leslie authored Don't Let the Lipstick Fool You, recounting her journey to becoming a famous athlete, and in 2010 became the first WNBA player turned co-owner of the Los Angeles Sparks. In 2012, she both received her master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and launched the Lisa Leslie Basketball & Leadership Academy.