Swoopes thanks mother in emotional induction speech

first_imgSheryl Swoopes. APKNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Sheryl Swoopes fought back tears as she read a poem to her late mother while accepting induction into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.The three-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time WNBA Most Valuable Player acknowledged Saturday (Sunday Manila time) that the honor felt “bittersweet” because her mother wasn’t with her. Swoopes’ mother, Ida Louise Swoopes, died of colon cancer on March 14.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ What ‘missteps’? Swoopes won gold medals at the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympics and was part of Houston’s WNBA championship teams in 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000 — each of the league’s first four seasons. MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickencenter_img WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage “Although she’s not physically here with us, I know she’s here in spirit and will forever live on in my heart,” Swoopes said.As she closed her induction speech, Swoopes read from a poem that ended with the line, “God took you home to prove to us he only takes the best.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I love you, Mom,” Swoopes said. “Thank you.”Swoopes knew this would be an emotional moment, and said she intentionally wore a dress with pockets to hold the tissues that she’d need later in her speech. LATEST STORIES View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mellower Green playing this Game 5 after 2016 suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guidelast_img

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