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Former WNBA star to speak at
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[MARCH 16, 2004]  NORMAL -- Rebecca Lobo, a former WNBA player and current motivational speaker, will make a trip to Redbird Arena on March 24 to give a speech on motivation and overcoming adversity.

The event begins at 7 p.m., and Lobo will be introduced by current Redbird women's basketball coach Robin Pingeton. A question-and-answer session will follow. Lobo will also be available afterward for autograph and photo opportunities. The event is open to the public and is free of charge. Parking will be available in the Turner Hall lot and the lot north of Horton Field House.

Lobo, a former New York Liberty and Houston Comets star, was a standout player during her days with the University of Connecticut basketball team. She received numerous academic honors as a member of the Huskies, being named a 1995 Rhodes Scholar and a NCAA top scholar-athlete. She also received the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year, National Athlete of the Year and NCAA Woman of the Year awards during her days as a student-athlete.


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She was the youngest member of the 1996 U.S. women's Olympic basketball team, helping her team win a gold medal in Atlanta.

Lobo is also active in charitable work, taking part in the Children's Miracle Network and serving as a spokeswoman for the Lee National Denim Day, which raises money for breast cancer research.

[Illinois State University news release]

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