Girls and Women in Sports Day: Tina Charles

Tina Charles credits UConn head coach Geno Auriemma for her career on and off the court
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Who has had the biggest influence on your basketball career?

The biggest influence on my basketball career is coach Geno Auriemma. He not only raised my game in basketball, but taught me the game of life as well.

Who were the top female athletes you looked up to while growing up?

The top female athletes I looked up to while growing up were Lisa Leslie and Swin Cash.

Can you describe how it makes you feel when a younger girl says she looks up to you as a role model?

When a younger girl tells me she looks up to me as a role model I feel honored. The fact that I can impact someone’s life by doing something I love is a special feeling. It makes me want to not only continue what I have been doing on the court, but to improve and get better.

The WNBA is well known for its work within the community. What kind of things have you done with fans to grow a relationship between them and the team, and enhance the future of women’s basketball?

Things that I have done to interact with the Connecticut Sun fans and to grow a relationship with them is "NBA Fit," teaching young adults what exercises they can do to stay healthy. My teammates and I have also done question-and-answer sessions with our fans so they can know more about us on a personal level as well.
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