Sky fans, you are invited to meet a women’s basketball legend on July 26 when Nancy Lieberman visits Chicago!
Nancy and the Chicago Sky will host a pre-game networking, meet-n-greet event in the South East Party Room of the Allstate Arena prior to the Sky vs. Connecticut game. Nancy will be conducting a Q&A session as well as signing autographs and taking photos with fans.
Venue: Allstate Arena – South East Party Room
Cost: $35 includes entry to the Sky vs. Sun game, the pre-game event with Nancy, snacks / drinks, and a copy of Nancy’s book “Playbook for Success”
RSVP to Brian Levine firstname.lastname@example.org. Places are limited so reserve your spot now! For more details contact Brian Levine at 312.994.5978
*** Skyriders should contact their personal Account Executive to register for an exclusive Skyriders price of $20 per person.
On November 5th, 2009, Basketball Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman added a new piece of history to her already illustrious career when Donnie Nelson and Evan Wyly, co-owners of Frisco’s NBA Development League expansion team announced the hiring of Nancy as the first head coach of the Texas Legends. Lieberman widely considered one of the most influential figures in women’s basketball history, will become the first female head coach to lead an NBA or NBA D-League team starting in 2010.
Lieberman’s journey began on the rough and tumble asphalt courts of Harlem, which was no small departure from her native of Queens, New York. Lieberman quickly developed a reputation as a tough and gritty basketball powerhouse while attending Far Rockaway High School. In 1974, Lieberman’s talents were illuminated by the national spotlight after garnering a coveted spot on the U.S. National Team, and a year later managed to bring home a gold and silver medal at the World Championships and Pan American Games, respectively.
Prior to enrolling at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, on a full athletic scholarship, Lieberman set another landmark by becoming the youngest basketball player in Olympic History (male or female) at 18 years old, and earned a silver medal at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal.
Lieberman exploded onto the college scene and would ultimately drive the Lady Monarchs to two consecutive National Championships, a WNIT Championship, and leave a lasting impact that would be near impossible to replicate. Lieberman became the first ever two-time winner of the prestigious Wade Trophy, which recognizes the “Player of the Year” in women’s college basketball. Lieberman was selected as the Broderick Award winner for basketball as the top women’s player in America, as well as received three consecutive Kodak All-American honors during her collegiate career, making her one of the most decorated female athletes in the United States.
Lieberman went on to shape the landscape and future of women’s professional basketball as player, coach and renowned analyst. Beginning her professional career with the Dallas Diamonds of the Women’s Basketball League in 1981, she quickly led her team in 1984 to the WABA Championship, while also capturing the title of league MVP. More remarkably, Lieberman is recognized as the only woman to play in an all-male league, the United States Basketball League with the Springfield Fame (1986), and Long Island Knights (1987). In 1988, Lieberman toured the world with the acclaimed Harlem Globetrotters as a member of the Washington Generals. In 1997 Lieberman came out of retirement and was drafted by the Phoenix Mercury during the inaugural season of the WNBA. During her time as a professional player, Lieberman hit several milestones including an induction into both the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Hampton Roads Hall of Fame as a player in 1996. In 1999, She was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame as well as the NYC Basketball Hall of Fame the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.
After playing in the WNBA, Lieberman was named General Manager and Head Coach of the WNBA’s Detroit Shock in 1998, where she helmed the team to the highest winning percentage of any expansion team in professional sports and was runner up for coach of the year. Lieberman served as president of the Women’s Sports Foundation for two years. Thereafter, she was named head coach of the Dallas Fury of the NWBL in 2004 where she guided the team to a championship title and runner up in 2005.
Lieberman again made history on July 24th, 2008, by coming out of retirement once again signing to play for the Detroit Shock of the WNBA, becoming the oldest player to ever play in the history of the league at the young age of 50. She broke the previous record of 39 years old, which Nancy herself established as a member of the Phoenix Mercury in 1997.
Lieberman’s career progressed from playing and coaching to national commentating, motivational speaking engagements and philanthropic endeavors. Lieberman has served as an analyst for ESPN/ABC for the NBA, WNBA and NCAA Women's Basketball. She has provided commentary for NBA-TV, NBC and the NFL Network, and has written for the Dallas Morning News, The New York Times and USA Today. Lieberman is an accomplished author, having penned an autobiography entitled Lady Magic and Basketball for Women, and several “how-to” videos providing instruction and advice to aspiring basketball players.
Throughout her entire career Lieberman’s progress as a successful athlete and leader was based on her boldness and ability to take positive action. She is an influential communicator and has a passion for educating athletes and business leaders to improve efficiency and attain peak performance. Lieberman’s in depth industry experience is unparalleled and it is for this reason that Lieberman is recognized as a prolific motivational speaker for Fortune 500 companies. Nancy travels around the country to conduct speaking engagements for private and public corporations, non-for profit organizations and basketball camps. She speaks on myriad topics, such as Business and Sports, Image and Self Esteem, Teamwork, Winning, Working, and Parenting.
Guiding youngsters and helping the disadvantaged has always been a passion for Lieberman and is reflected in her active involvement with the Special Olympics, the Jimmy V. Foundation (named for the late Jim Valvano), the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, and recently her work with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Lone Star Chapter. Lieberman hosts and coaches basketball clinics and camps for girls and boys in Dallas, Detroit and Phoenix, hoping that through positive guidance and helpful instruction, can help facilitate the next generation of student athletes to success.
Lieberman’s career is a colorful one, and her impact on women’s basketball and professional sport is impressive. It is only fitting that awards are given in her honor, such as the Nancy Lieberman Award, which is bestowed upon the most outstanding female point guard in NCAA Division I Basketball and has been awarded to the likes of Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi, Temeka Johnson, Ivory Latta, and Lindsey Harding. Nancy Lieberman’s legacy as a mom, basketball player, Hall of Famer, coach, GM, Olympian, writer, broadcaster, and motivator will endure forever. Her business book “Playbook for Success” is out October 18th, 2010. You can purchase you book today at : barnesandnoble.com, borders.com, amazon,com, 800ceoread.com and nancylieberman.com.
ACHIEVEMENTS & ACCOLADES FOR NANCY LIEBERMAN
Author of PLAYBOOK FOR SUCCESS:
A HALL OF FAMER’S BUSINESS TACTICS FOR TEAMWORK & LEADERSHIP
* First female Head Coach for a men’s professional team -- the Dallas Mavericks’ NBA Development League Team, the Texas Legends
* ESPN/ABC analyst for the NBA, WNBA and NCAA Basketball, 2008-Present
* Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in 1996
* Namesake for The Nancy Lieberman Point Guard of the Year Award, presented by the Rotary Club of Detroit to the top collegiate point guard in women's college basketball
* Coach and General Manager for the Detroit Shock of the WNBA 1998-2000
* Became the oldest player in WNBA history at age 50 on July 24, 2008, playing for the Detroit Shock
* Played in the WNBA in 1997 for the Phoenix Mercury
* First woman to ever play in a men's professional league in 1986 with the Springfield Fame and in 1987 with the Long Island Knights of the USBL
* Won a silver medal with the 1976 Women's Olympic Basketball Team in Montreal, becoming the youngest player in Olympic history to win a medal at the age of 18.
* Two-time Wade Trophy National Player of the Year recipient (1979 & 1980)
* Kodak All-American 1978, 1979, 1980
* National Scouting Association All-American in 1979
* Jewish Athlete of the Year in 1979
* Captain of 1977 Pan-Am Team
* National Women's Invitation All-American in 1977 and 1978
* Member of Pan-Am Games 1975 gold and 1979 silver medal teams
* Member of World Championship teams in 1975 and 1979 (gold medal)
* First woman to be inducted into the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame