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Summer was always a lot of fun for me when I was growing up and it still is today. Obviously, because of the weather, summer is a great time to hang out outside and relax in the sun. It is also right in the middle of the NBA playoffs, which I always love watching.
Among the things I enjoy doing in the summertime, hanging out by the pool is one of my favorites. Lately, I have been trying to spend free time at the pool at my apartment, catching some sun and enjoying the beautiful Texas days. San Antonio can be really hot in the summer, which makes for perfect pool weather, and is reason to spend more time there, so I can't complain about it too much.
I have also enjoyed watching the NBA playoffs and have been fortunate enough to be in a city that is experiencing something pretty special right now. The Spurs have been playing great basketball, and I am thankful that I could see them play a few times this year in the playoffs. It is going to be a tough Finals for them, but we are hoping that they can represent SS&E (Spurs Sports & Entertainment) well and win a championship.
Lastly, summer is also about our WNBA season and our dedication to winning basketball games and continuing to play better each time out. I think the team is really coming together and we are improving day by day. Hopefully we continue to play well throughout the rest of the season.
The San Antonio Silver Stars' Breast Cancer Awareness game holds a special spot in my heart. It is truly special to be a part of something that raises funds for and, more importantly, awareness of a disease that affects so many.
Wearing the pink uniform and pink shoes goes so much further for me than just the color. To me, pink stands for the awareness we are raising, the survivors we are supporting and all those we have lost to breast cancer.
Like many others, my family has been touched by breast cancer. It has become something that people are no longer afraid to talk about, and events such as the Breast Cancer Awareness game are important for providing information about the disease, including early detection.
I am proud to say that I have a grandmother and cousin who have survived breast cancer. I remember the day when my mom told me about my grandmother, and the day she told me about my cousin. Thankfully, in both cases it was caught early enough for them to survive. Through their experiences, I was able to learn more about breast cancer, early detection and the emotional roller coaster that people go through when fighting for their lives.
I have been a part of many events that support breast health awareness. One of the best memories involves my rookie year. I went to an event in which all proceeds were going to combating the disease. I wasn't sure what to expect or who was going to be there.
Throughout the night, I met survivors, lawyers, doctors, teachers and other powerful women, all standing for one cause. It was a unique experience seeing how strong these women were individually and also as a group. Near the end of the night, every woman in the room put on pink gloves and we filmed a music video while everyone had their pink gloves in the air.
You could truly feel what these women were giving to all those who were going to watch the video in need of support. I think it is very important for all women to understand how big of an impact we can have together in fighting this disease.