Seattle's Swin Cash to Receive Honorary Degree

Three-time champ Swin Cash will receive an honorary degree from Washington and Jefferson College
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It’s been nine years since Seattle’s Swin Cash last set foot in a classroom at the University of Connecticut, where she graduated with a degree in Communications and a minor in Women’s Studies in 2002. Even though her class schedule now consists of 34 games a season and her final grade is measured in championships, it hasn’t stopped the three-time WNBA title winner from earning another degree.

Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, PA is honoring Cash for all of her off-court charity work with an honorary Doctorate of Public Service degree at the school’s Commencement on May 21.

The McKeesport, PA native started the Cash for Kids charity during the 2005 season when she was forced to miss the second half of the season with an ACL injury. At the time the 6-foot-1 forward had two choices: sit idly by and watch the season go on without her, or step up in a big way for those around her. She chose the latter.

“When I talk to kids now I always tell them, ‘When you get injured, don’t just sit there and wallow about everything that has happened with you,’” said Cash. “’Figure out a way to either give back to someone else or get back on your feet.’”

The charity worked two-fold for Cash, as she not only began to lay the groundwork for her organization in the Detroit area, but also returned in 2006 for a full 34-game season that ended in a championship run with the Shock.

Through partnerships with various youth agencies, such as Pittsburgh’s YouthPlaces, Cash for Kids emphasizes the importance of kids staying active on the field or court as an alternative to video games and television. The charity targets at-youth teens in the age bracket of eight to 18 years old to play organized games of flag football and basketball. It also places an emphasis on the importance of education.

The organization that started just six years ago has already grown tremendously in areas surrounding Cash’s hometown, but the WNBA veteran has an even bigger vision on the horizon.

“Now what I’m focusing on, and what the charity’s focusing on, is getting partnered with more after school programs and hopefully in the next couple of years owning my own facility where we can house a lot of the stuff that we like to do.”

The past two weeks have been a whirlwind of travel for Cash, who spent her offseason playing overseas in China. After checking in at camp early this week in Seattle, Cash is now ready to fly off to Pennsylvania for the weekend before returning to Storm Territory in time for preseason action next week.

It may all add up to a lot of mileage, but it’s nothing the returning champ can’t handle.
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