A Visit with Swin Cash
As the 2012 season quickly approaches, the Sky are excited to unveil their new additions to the roster, all who have one goal - get the team to the playoffs and win a championship in 2012. One of those new players is Swin Cash, who was acquired with Le’Coe Willingham from Seattle in January.
Cash has averaged 12.8 points and 6.0 rebounds per game in her career and will provide the Sky with another scoring option as well as serving as a leader in the locker room. She also recognizes that she will not be able to carry her teammates to the playoffs alone and it will take a team effort to have a successful season. “I don’t think one person is going to turn this whole thing around. I think we have a great group of women that are coming in and trying to infuse a lot of high energy, a winning mentality, and a passion for the game.” The new group of players coming to the Sky with Cash includes Willingham, Ruth Riley, and Ticha Penicheiro. All four players will provide unique skills on the court and veteran leadership off the court for the younger players to look up to.
Its tough getting to know what new players are going to bring to the table but Cash may be in the best position on the team to give an outlook on the new additions. She has history playing with Willingham in Seattle and Ruth Riley while in Detroit and on the 2004 Olympic team. Having player’s familiar with each other is a great luxury to have and that continuity will make it easier for the team to come together quickly and play well together. Having a history with some of your teammates is something Cash also thinks will help the new members of the team get acclimated, “Having those connections will make it easier because we’re all going through the same thing at the same time and we all want to do the same thing and that’s to win. When you have people who are very selfless and have the same mentality it makes the job a lot easier.” Having Cash, Riley, and Willingham come to the Sky together will make the learning curve a bit shorter and combine them with the core players the Sky already have in place and the team should be able to build chemistry quickly and play together effectively.
Off the court, Cash talked about how she is excited to experience the shopping, dining, and culture that Chicago has to offer and how she plans to be involved with her charity, Cash for Kids. Cash established Cash for Kids as a way to motivate, educate, and elevate kids through sports and cultural activities. Cash said it is important to be involved in the community, “because it’s who I am, it’s how I was raised. I came from humble beginnings and I was raised to give back and I try to provide the same opportunities that I was given as a young kid to some of the kids who participate in Cash for Kids.” She also said athletes can use the platform they have to raise the awareness for the different causes they believe in. Cash’s interest in giving back matches up well with her new team as the Sky place a high priority in being active in the community and building relationships with the community while inspiring others to get involved.