Giving back

Friday, 20 December 2013 - 12:22pm IST | Agency: DNA
Basketball star Swin Cash is in the city to mentor young girls.

She is a two-time Olympic gold medalist, three-time WNBA champion and two-time NCAA champion but despite her hectic professional commitments, Swin Cash makes time for her charity work. The basketball player is currently in Mumbai as part of the Reliance Foundation Jr NBA Programme to mentor young girls interested in playing basketball. While much is known and written about the NBA (National Basketball Association), not an equal amount is known about the female counterpart. “When I was in high school, I was picked for the WNBA. It was great to dream about playing basketball beyond university level and it has given more girls a chance to fall in love with the game,” says Swin, adding, “I’ve been blessed to have a long career spanning nearly 13 years. Every year, younger players come in, they’re more skilled so it can get quite competitive. I know I will have to retire at some point, but for me it’s more about the legacy you leave behind.” 

Swin, like most professional players, follows a strict routine. This includes the fitness aspect, where she works on building strength, nutrition where she ensures that she eats right and skill training where she works on getting better at a specific skill. This is her first trip to India. “A number of coaches from around the world have helped as part of this Indian programme over the last three months. For me, I get a chance to interact with kids from the basketball standpoint. I feel it’s important for young girls to have a role model, someone to inspire them. I personally grew up playing lots of sports and think it’s imperative that our youth remains active,” explains Swin, who also has her own NGO Cash for Kids that provides youngsters with resources for sports activities. The professional player feels she’s been really blessed and wants to give back as much as possible.   

 Swin has also authored a book —  Humble Journey: More Precious then Gold — which gives a glimpse into her life, capturing her highs and lows. She says, “It is more of a motivational book that I hope will inspire others. Maybe next I’d like to write something creative like a children’s book.”

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