Former WNBA Star Chamique Holdsclaw was the keynote speaker at an event hosted by the NAMI on Tuesday, October 25 to discuss topics related to mental illness. The athlete herself has struggled with living with bipolar disorder as well as depression, and she talked about how she managed to overcome those obstacles. She shared with the audience about how difficult it was to get over the denial of having a mental illness, but that she was serious about living a healthy life so she found a way to manage it.
The Queens, New York native played basketball all throughout high school and was named a High School All-American by the WBCA. She went to the University of Tennessee where she played on the basketball team from 1995 to 1999, and once Holdsclaw entered the 1999 WNBA Draft she was selected as the first overall pick by the Washington Mystics with whom she played for until 2004. From 2005 to 2007, she was on the roster for the Los Angeles Sparks and then she did a couple brief terms with the Atlanta Dream and San Antonio Silver Stars before retiring from the court.
Holdsclaw recently spoke out on the topic of mental illness as the keynote speaker for an event that shows support for those suffering from a condition.
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