|Shanna Zolman says that while winning a national championship is obviously the ultimate goal as a player, it won't change anything about her as a person. And it's not even the motivation behind her playing basketball.
Right now, what Zolman is most fervent and passionate about is her faith. She might always feel exactly this way, or this might be partially a product of being 22 and full of optimism and energy about how to tackle what seems wrong in the world. She and Sidney Spencer went on Christian mission trips over the past two summers to the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica.
"As serious as I am about the game, as much as I love it to death and devote a lot of my time and life to it," Zolman says, "it's still just a game. A tool that I can use to share Christ with other people.
"But I build relationships with people every day who may or may not know Christ. Even if it's just smiling at somebody or going out to eat with somebody or seeing a movie together. I don't care who you are or what you believe in, I want to build a relationship with you. Whether people believe in what I do or not, I'm not going to say, 'I'm not going to spend time with you.' "
-- Mechelle Voepel