Liberty Player Dads Q&A

The relationship between dads and daughters is a special one, and sports often play a role in bringing the two even closer together. Find out what these dads had to say about their daughters...before they made it to the pros.

Quanitra Hollingsworth

Jonathon Hollingsworth on his daughter Quanitra...

When did you know your daughter was going to be a talented basketball player?
I actually always had a feeling she'd be talented. She was born bigger and longer than most babies, and she was always bigger than kids her age. In fact, that's how she got her name. I put “quantity” and “quality” together. I knew one day she could use her size to her advantage, and she did that on the court.

What was your most memorable moment of your daughter's career?
My favorite memory was when she was drafted to play in the WNBA. I forgot it was draft day, and my friends came running inside to share the news. I actually shed some tears at that moment and had to sit down.

If your daughter could play another sport, what would it be?
I'm not sure she would play another sport, although she could do anything she put her mind to. She really fell in love with basketball around 10th grade. Off the court, she's into computers, learning about different software, and astronomy.

If you could be a tourist for the day in New York with your daughter, where would you go and what would you do?
Hmm...we'd probably go to a great restaurant like Peter Luger Steak House. I know it doesn't look like it, but she can eat!

Sidney Spencer

Stephen Spencer on his daughter Sidney...

When did you know your daughter was going to be a talented basketball player?
In 8th grade. She was playing before then, but 8th grade is when I knew she was special. She was so tall; they moved her up a year to play with the boys. She had a passion for the game and just a way about her. She never gave up and never got intimidated.

If your daughter could play another sport, what would it be?
Volleyball. She was a great volleyball player.

What was your most memorable moment of your daughter's career?
Winning the National Championship in 2007. I'll never forget when she was on the stage. She had the trophy over her head, and she turned to look at me. I also remember when she got to start for the Sparks, which was really exciting.

If you could be a tourist for the day in New York with your daughter, where would you go and what would you do?
Sidney likes to watch the Food Network, loves to cook, and is always reading about restaurants. We'd head into the city and visit different restaurants. New York has so much to experience!

Leilani Mitchell

Dennis Mitchell on his daughter Leilani...

When did you know your daughter was going to be a talented basketball player?
Leilani's very first encounter with basketball was when she was 5 or 6 years old. I took her to an elementary school, and they were teaching basic skills at different stations. She was definitely better than the kids her age, even at that time. In her rec league there was a point limit, and she would always reach that limit quickly.

If your daughter could play another sport, what would it be?
She loves football and would play in the yard with her brothers a lot, but I think she'd stick with volleyball or softball. She likes most sports.

What was your most memorable moment of your daughter's career?
I was really proud of the Most Improved Award last season.

If you could be a tourist for the day in New York with your daughter, where would you go and what would you do?
It really wouldn't matter as long as we were hanging out. There's so much to see in New York. As long as I could laugh and visit with her, I'd be happy doing just about anything.