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Pro stars give back to aspiring players

Updated: May 24, 2010, 10:39 AM ET
By Lindsay Schnell | HoopGurlz

The first time Alana Beard traveled 1,700 miles across the country to play basketball, the guard from Shreveport, La., got so homesick that she cried herself to sleep.

But Beard, now with the Washington Mystics, didn't have much of a choice. The club team she played with in Shreveport didn't have the money to travel extensively. If she wanted exposure, she would have to go elsewhere.

Beard has never forgotten the mixture of frustration and heartbreak she ...

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