can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." (Philippians
4:13). Betty Lennox lives by this bible verse and you can find it on a pair of
her precious basketball shoes. Lennox was born on December 4th,
1976, she was the eighth born out of nine children. Her immediate family includes four sisters and five brothers. Through her school years, she attended Butler Community College in
Kansas, Trinity Valley Community College in Texas, and Louisiana Tech. Right
out of college she was drafted by the Minnesota Lynx. Lennox also created her
own foundation to help underprivileged, abused children. Lennox is always
helping the less fortunate and explains how education is the key to
success. She is a good example of perseverance and working hard to get
what you want. Betty Lennox won MVP her rookie year, has played in the WNBA
since 2000, and she has played on over five different teams. These factors have
made her the astounding woman she is today but her selflessness and hard work
is why she is a true hero.
Lennox works hard and takes time out of her hectic schedule to help many people
and improve the lives of others. She has been recognized for the charity she
has accomplished: "Lennox does enjoy working in the community, however,
especially with children. In fact, she was nominated for the WNBA's Community
Assist Award in 2003.'I like being able to go out into the community and
participate with kids, to touch them and be a positive role model,' She
stated.'Going out into the community and putting smiles on people's faces is
what makes my day.' Lennox hopes that her community service will prove useful
in building a career as a youth counselor once her basketball days are
over." (Betty Lennox, Betty Lennox). Lennox yearns to help so much that
she aspires to continue doing it even when her basketball vocation is over. She
does not do community service because she has to, she does it because she wants
to. Lennox is constantly doing whatever she can to help: "So it was no
surprise that at a team event involving the Jenesse Center, which redecorates
apartments for victims of domestic violence, Lennox focused on painting a
bathroom wall until it was done, her arms and hands covered with paint." (Medina).
Lennox loves to relieve the less fortunate and will not stop until the job is
done. She does not let small distractions stop her from helping others. Betty
Lennox is selfless and hardworking and together that makes an amazing hero.
Lennox is completely dedicated to basketball however realizes education is
always needed and she promotes obtaining an education in order to be
successful. Even though basketball is her true love, Lennox is conscious that
education comes first: "...Lennox won a basketball scholarship to
Louisiana Tech, a top Division I college program. But mindful of the problems
that academics had caused her in the past, Lennox took a year off to devote
herself exclusively to her studies.'It's more than just on the court for me,'
Lennox told the Kansas City Star..." (Betty Lennox, Contemporary
Black Biography). Lennox promotes education by showing that even she had
difficulty with it but kept pushing forward. She shows that getting your
education might not be effortless nevertheless you should still go for it.
Betty Lennox leads by example when she advocates children's studies: "She
entered Louisiana Tech in 1997 but voluntarily took a year off from basketball
in order to focus on her studies.'I had to do that to succeed,' she stated.'But
it was hard not to be playing. I'd go watch the girls practice, and then I'd go
to the park to find some guys to play basketball with'" (Betty Lennox,
Betty Lennox). Lennox had a tough time going a year without basketball but got
through it knowing she would end with exceptional schooling. It is not always
easy to do the right thing, in this case the right thing is to go to school.
Although she knows the difficulties of school, she teaches that it is needed to
reach victory and to have prosperity. Betty Lennox promotes education to anyone
and everyone because she believes it's the key to triumph.
Lennox shows hard work and perseverance by never letting anything persuade her
to give up, she has true dedication. Betty Lennox is persistent in practicing
and constantly working hard: "Most of her teammates had left the practice
facility an hour before, but the Sparks' Betty Lennox kept swishing
jumpers.'Practice is over, Betty,' Coach Michael Cooper said.'You can go home.'
This is nothing new. Lennox shoots for at least another 45 minutes after
practice. Off-days mean two-hour workouts....'It could be a good thing
and it could be a bad thing,' Lennox said,'but I'm a workaholic.'"
(Medina). Lennox mentions how "it could be a good thing or a bad
thing" but I think it's a good thing because it shows her dedication. She
lets go of everything else and keeps focus on getting better. Betty Lennox even
spends her free time working: "...spends much of her spare time in her
Minneapolis apartment watching herself on game films and trying to spot areas
in need of improvement, Lennox spent the 2000-2001 off-season in Israel,
playing on a pro team there in order to hone her competitive skill."
(Betty Lennox, Contemporary Black Biography). Lennox is regularly finding things
to work on and to better her game. Her difficulties do not stop her , it just
makes her work harder. Betty Lennox never takes a break from her job and
doesn't let anything stop her.
Lennox puts other's needs before hers and never gives up; this is why she is
considered a hero. "Betty started the foundation called the Lennox
Foundation 22, where she helps the needs of abused and neglected
children."(Betty Lennox Biography). Lennox cares a lot about fortuneless
people and engages in anything she can to assist them. She also
encourages children to finish their schooling. Lennox had trouble with school
herself but wanted to set a stupendous example for her fans. She is also a good
example to follow because when she sets her mind to something she never gives up.
She strives to be the best. "Watch her as she lowers her shoulder and
slashes to the basket - the lone guard among the'trees' - and lays it up and
in. See her dive for the ball every bit as hard at 32 years of age as when she
was rookie of the year in 2000. And notice when she has some of her best games:
when her team is struggling, sometimes losing the game."(Favor, Sue).
Betty Lennox is so dedicated that she doesn't let anything like size, scores,
and age stop her from trying her best. Lennox inspires others because of her
allegiance to whatever she does. I first chose Betty Lennox because she is an
amazing basketball player but as I kept reading articles about her I realized
how amazing of a human she is too. With all her prodigious traits, her living
by God's word deeply shows.
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