The Devil's Dish

2014 Cronkite High School Summer Journalism Institute

Ann Meyers’ world of inspiration

Ann Meyers inspires SJI students about goal-setting. Photo by Olivia Rendon

Ann Meyers inspires SJI students about goal-setting.
Photo by Olivia Rendon

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame member Ann Meyers is an inspiration to those who know her because of her success and ambitious life goals.

By Gabriella Bachara

Ann Meyers thrives on opportunities that fly her way. More often than not, they come in the form of simply being in the right place at the right time.

“If you get an opportunity, take it. If it doesn’t work out, it’s okay but if you never take the opportunity, if you never have the self confidence in yourself, then you will never know how good you are,” Meyers said.

For the past eight years, Meyers has been the general manager and broadcaster for the Phoenix Mercury and continues to inspire the players everyday.

“Everything Ann has done for us and in the game, she’s a trailblazer. She has a lot of knowledge that she seeps down to us from little conversations that we have on the side. So she has definitely made me want to go hard and to try to be half the woman she is,” Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner said.

During Meyers’ tenure with the Mercury, they have won two WNBA championships.

Meyers grew up in a house with five brothers and five sisters, as well as her father who played basketball for Marquette University.

She played seven sports in high school: basketball, volleyball, field hockey, softball, badminton, tennis and track and field.

“With all that energy in the house, I had to do something,” explained Meyers.

Going into college at UCLA, Meyers continued to play basketball, volleyball and track and field.

“My dream was to go to the Olympics as a track athlete because they didn’t have a lot of sports for young girls growing up when I was competing,” Meyers said.

She ended up going to the Olympics for basketball in 1976 and brought home a silver medal.

In 1980, Meyers had the opportunity to go to the Olympics for the second time but instead, she chose to become the first, and only, woman to sign a contract with an NBA team, the Indiana Pacers. Meyers signed a three-day contract worth $50,000, but was not selected to make the final squad.

Meyers has demonstrated an endless amount of success in her life and will continue to be a role model for people and players around her

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