Athletics News

GW Athletics to Host Women's Basketball Legend Chamique Holdsclaw

Oct. 5, 2016 As the George Washington Department of Athletics and Recreation prioritizes student-athlete welfare and mental health awareness and wellness, GW will offer a rare look into the life and trials of a superstar student-athlete when former national champion and professional basketball star Chamique Holdsclaw comes to GW on Friday evening, October 7th.

Holdsclaw, who starred for the crosstown Washington Mystics in her playing days, will host a panel discussion along with GW mental health professionals in the Colonials Club at the Smith Center at 6pm. Following the discussion, a documentary chronicling Holdsclaw’s journey and story - Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw – will be shown. Admission to the event is free for all.

Produced and directed by Rick Goldsmith, Mind/Game, shows the path of the megastar, once tabbed “The Female Michael Jordan”, through the challenges that disrupted her life and professional basketball career. Narrated by Glenn Close, the documentary details Holdsclaw’s ups and downs as an athlete, and her choice to give a face to mental illness and become an outspoken mental health advocate.

Holdsclaw played at Tennessee from 1995-99 and led the Lady Vols to three straight NCAA women’s basketball national championships through her senior year before the Mystics made her the top overall pick in the 1999 WNBA Draft.

She has since courageously battled mental illness and the public stigma with the knowledge that sharing her story will help others who also suffer from mental health challenges.

The panel will end at approximately 7pm when the documentary will ensue. Following Mind/Game there will be a reception with Holdsclaw.

GW's Division of Student Affairs, GW Mental Health Services and the Give an Hour organization patterned with GW Athletics to put on this unique event.