IWLCA Meeting Planning Committee chair Meghan McDonogh has announced that five-time Olympic basketball player Teresa Edwards will be the keynote speaker at the IWLCA Annual Meetings. Edwards is scheduled to address the membership on the evening of Wednesday, November 18 at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, FL. “We are very fortunate that we were able to secure Teresa Edwards as our keynote speaker. Her success as a competitor at every level is inspiring, and we expect the membership to find her story captivating and motivating,” McDonogh said.
The only five-time Olympian in US history, Edwards was part of a team that brought home the gold in ’84, ’88, ’96, and ’00. She won a total of 18 international medals and the national teams she competed on posted a combined winning percentage of .936 (205-14). She was named as one of the “100 Greatest Female Athletes of the 20th Century” by Sports Illustrated magazine in 2000 and inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011. Her professional career spanned from 1986 to 2000, where she played for teams in Italy, Japan, Spain, France, and Russia. She played domestically for the Atlanta Glory in the inaugural game of the American Basketball League (ABL), helping to launch that league, and also spent two seasons WNBA. After her playing career ended, Edwards made the transition into coaching, working with the Minnesota Lynx, Tulsa Shock, and Atlanta Dream.
IWLCA President Alicia Groveston said “We are so excited to welcome Teresa Edwards as our keynote speaker. She has proven that hard work and dedication lead to success at the highest levels. Teresa has such integrity in her message regarding confidence and pursuing your dreams with an inner fire. I can’t wait to see her ignite the passion in our membership when she addresses our coaches later this month!”
Edwards is currently a speaker and clinician for Dream Faith Productions and is author of the upcoming book “Black Gold.” She aims to share her hard won lessons of grit, mental toughness, competition, and achievement. “This is an amazing opportunity for our membership to hear from someone who is not only regarded as one of the best athletes of her generation, but who has decided to share her experiences with others in order to help them become better leaders,” McDonogh explained.