Girls and Women in Sports Day: Candice Wiggins

Candice Wiggins idolized a number of WNBA players while growing up
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Who has had the biggest influence on your basketball career?

My mom and dad for sure have had the biggest influence on my basketball career.

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

Cynthia Cooper, Sheryl Swoopes, Lisa Leslie, Chamique Holdsclaw, DeLisha Milton...just to name a few.

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

Makes me feel like what Kanye West expressed in his "Touch the Sky" song: "I think I died in that accident, 'cuz this must be heaven...." It's truly like living a dream! To be seen the way that I've seen others before me feels like a special torch that I've been handed to do wonderful things with! Kind of magical, because it all started out with just a ball and a basket and now I live to inspire.

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?

I think by allowing them to see the people behind the players they see on television (or sometimes DON'T see on television), we're really giving the WNBA fans something truly special. All the programming and the events and the games are really just the beginning. I hold the relationship that I have with the people who love watching me play basketball in high regard, and it's important to make sure that every voice is heard. The Minnesota Lynx fans are so incredible and truly embrace the beauty of a women's professional league, and I believe that all WNBA fans do as well.
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