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Chamique Holdsclaw, keynote speaker
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Chamique Holdsclaw

    • Olympic Gold Medalist
    • Former WNBA Player & Hall of Fame Athlete
    • Mental Health & Wellness Advocate
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In Person-Fee 🛈

$15,000 - $20,000

Virtual Fee:

$10,000 - $15,000

Travels From

Georgia

Chamique Holdsclaw - I Held In So Much Guilt and Shame

Chamique Holdsclaw - I Held In So Much Guilt and Shame

Strayer Studios: Rebounding with Chamique Holdsclaw

Strayer Studios: Rebounding with Chamique Holdsclaw

Chamique Holdsclaw Speaker Biography


Chamique Holdsclaw was born and raised in Queens, NY, she first made her mark as a high school basketball star at Christ The King High School. She later accepted a full athletic scholarship to play collegiately for the perennial Women’s Basketball Powerhouse University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers and Hall of Fame Coach Pat Summit. She went on to have a stellar collegiate career that included leading the Lady Vols to three straight NCAA Championships, which was the first time that had ever been accomplished in Women’s College Basketball history. After her illustrious college basketball career, which included several All-American honors and countless other awards, Holdsclaw would go on to be the #1 Pick in the 1999 WNBA Draft and she had the honor of winning an Olympic Gold Medal with Team USA at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

While in the WNBA Holdsclaw played for the Washington Mystics, the Los Angeles Sparks, the Atlanta Dream and the San Antonio Silver Stars.

Aside from her outstanding athletic career, Holdsclaw has dedicated her life’s work to mental health and wellness activism. As of late Holdsclaw has devoted a lot of her focus and time making appearances and speaking at various conferences, panels, and events within the mental health community to share her own personal struggles with depression and how she has been able to seek help and manage her own mental health. Holdsclaw wrote in her autobiography "Breaking Through: Beating the Odds Shot after Shot" that she had suffered depression during her professional basketball career, and attempted suicide on one occasion. She is an honorary member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Holdsclaw is an ambassador with the JED Foundation and the Laureus Sport For Good Foundation as an advocate for mental health and wellness.

Breaking Through: Beating the Odds Shot after Shot
From the rough-edged courts of New York City and recruited by Coach Pat Summitt for the University of Tennessee’s Lady Vols, Chamique Holdsclaw was hailed as the “female Michael Jordan,” impressing crowds with her artistry, athleticism and drive. A 3-time NCAA champ and Number One draft pick in the WNBA, Holdsclaw seemed destined for a spectacular professional career—until her long-suppressed battle with mental disorders emerged to derail her career and threaten her life. In this inspiring keynote, Chamique will share her personal story of resilience as well as unpack the mindset and behaviors that led her to the top of the sports mountain. 

 

The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw: A Message of Hope & Healing

From the rough-edged courts of New York City and recruited by Coach Pat Summitt for the University of Tennessee’s Lady Vols, Chamique Holdsclaw was hailed as the “female Michael Jordan,” impressing crowds with her artistry, athleticism and drive. A 3-time NCAA champ and Number One draft pick in the WNBA, Holdsclaw seemed destined for a spectacular professional career—until her long-suppressed battle with mental disorders emerged to derail her career and threaten her life. In this inspiring keynote, Chamique will share her personal story of resilience as well as a message of the importance of self-care, prioritizing mental health, asking for help, and knowing that you are not alone.

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February 15, 2024

Chamique was terrific, our attendees absolutely raved about her presentation and were riveted by her story. Athletes and non-athletes alike found that her story resonated with themselves - more than one person commented afterward that they were going to immediately check in with their [son/daughter/mom/dad] to ask if they were OK. It was very heart-warming.

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