Skylar Diggins Working Harder Than Ever in the Off Season

December 4, 2013 – Skylar Diggins can command a room like she can command the court – even without her signature headband.

When we met this afternoon at the March of Dimes 30th Anniversary Sports Luncheon, the 5’9” Tulsa Shock point guard (6’1” in heels) was using her height to look out over a room full of journalists and photographers -- a setting she’s now more familiar with than ever after her career skyrocketed over the past year. Skylar is here to accept an honor as the March of Dimes 2013 Sportswoman of the Year after a stellar WNBA rookie season with the Tulsa Shock and she couldn’t be more grateful.

“You know when I first heard about it I was surprised that such a great organization… wanted to honor me. They do so much for the community and for infants and babies, it was humbling,” she said of the award.

Humbling, maybe, but certainly not undeserved.

After graduating from Notre Dame as the all-time leading scorer with over 2,000 career points (and an oft-mentioned even bigger number of twitter followers), Diggins was immediately drafted third overall in the WNBA draft by the Tulsa Shock and targeted by ESPN as one of the WNBA’s “3 to See.” In her first ever WNBA season, she went out averaging 8.5 points per game and 3.8 assists and made the WNBA All-Rookie team.

True to form, she hasn’t slowed down since. In fact, she’s working harder than ever both on and off the court, which is why March of Dimes – and so many others – took notice.

She was eager to talk about her training: “You know, I’m glad I’m home and I get to work on things and just really hone in on working on my body and my strength,” which is why, she told me, she wasn’t worried at all about skipping out on overseas play. “You know, I got a few great trainers both in New York and in South Bend that I’m working with so it’s been good for me and just being able to be seen and get out here and really work.”

But hard work isn’t the only reason why Skylar’s here today.

The immensely popular pro athlete has used her position as a social media star and fashion icon to stand up as a role model and an advocate for young girls everywhere. Most notably, Sklyar is the supreme leader of #HeadbandNation, which is what she calls her thousands of social media fans that sport her signature headband. Her face lights up at any mention of her beloved following. “I love headband nation!” she said. “I miss them.”

Not for much longer though.

“Look forward to the headbands dropping soon in January,” she wanted #HeadbandNation to know. “I’ve got some new designs coming out so I’m excited!”

So now with her off-season workouts going swimmingly, her headbands all set for release, plus a few secret projects she’s working on (“You’ll just have to wait and see!”) all lined up, you’d think Skylar would be looking forward to taking it easy.

“I’m just [ready] to get back to work. I hate this break.”

Should’ve figured.

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