CHICAGO—Chicago Sky guard and native Chicagoan, Cappie Pondexter, will be inducted into the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame on October 2, 2017. Pondexter attended John Marshall Metropolitan High School in Chicago and has since cemented herself in WNBA history as one of the best to ever play the game. The guard is a two-time WNBA champion, seven-time WNBA All-Star, 2008 United States Olympic gold medal winner and 2007 WNBA Finals MVP.
“I am honored and humbled to be inducted into the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame,” said Pondexter. “I am thankful to everyone who supported me throughout my career and to those that helped lead me to this milestone.”
The Chicago-made Pondexter returned home to play for the Sky in 2015 and has etched her name all over the league’s record books. She is currently the only player in league history in the top-five for points, field goals made and two-point field goals made. She is also sixth in assists, sixth in free throws made and 12th in three-point field goals made.
“Cappie Pondexter epitomizes the definition of ‘champion’. In life, in the community and on the basketball court, Cappie has a unique ability to lead with unwavering focus and discipline combined with compassion, humility and gratitude,” said General Manager and Head Coach Amber Stocks. “Her numerous accolades and accomplishments on the basketball court are a small reflection of the dynamic impact she has made on her many teammates and coaches over the course of her storied career. Basketball is a better sport because of impact ambassadors like Cappie.”
Before Pondexter made her mark on the WNBA, she led Rutgers University to back-to-back BIG EAST regular season championships in 2005 and 2006, which resulted in Elite Eight and Sweet Sixteen appearances in the NCAA tournament, respectively. She finished second in school history for points and field goals made and became the first four-time All-BIG EAST first-team selection in conference history.
Off the court, Pondexter broke into the fashion industry when she launched a New York-based firm, 4 Season Style Management, which provides fashion styling and image consulting as well as personal shopping for celebrities.
Proceeds from this event support World Sport Chicago, an independent non-profit organization that supports resiliency and strengthens community by increasing access to youth sport; the Chicago Sports Commission, an organization designed to recruit and support high-profile sporting events that generate economic impact and exposure for the City of Chicago; and Father John Smyth’s Standing Tall Foundation, which provides resources and opportunities for homeless, undeserved and at-risk youth to develop and establish a safe, secure and productive lifestyle.
Other inductees include: celebrated strike-out pitcher Chicago Cub Kerry Wood, Stanley Cup Champion/Chicago Blackhawks captain, Jonathan Toews, Chicagoland native Brian McBride, retired soccer star of the Chicago Fire and Hall of Fame Head Basketball Coach Geno Auriemma of the University of Connecticut Huskies.
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