Jasmine Thomas Reflect on National Girls & Women in Sports Day

Jasmine Thomas Reflect on National Girls & Women in Sports Day

Jasmine played her entire AAU / Travel basketball career with the Fairfax Stars.  In 2003, she helped her team win the U13 Girls AAU Division I National Championship, defeating Fencor who featured Elena Della Donne and Caroline Doty among others.

She was a 4-time Virginia AAA Northern Region Player of the Year at Oakton High School.  She was an athletic AND academic All American at Duke University.

She was selected as a McDonald’s All American and a WBCA All American.

Jasmine was also selected by USA Basketball to represent the US and won a world championship. In addition to playing in the WNBA, Jasmine also plays professionally overseas.

Jasmine Thomas Reflects On National Girls And Women In Sports Day

February 1, 2017

February 1st marks National Girls and Women in Sports Day. We asked Jasmine Thomas to share how being a woman in sports has impacted her life.“Playing basketball since I was a young kid taught me responsibility and several values that continue to help me be successful in life as an adult. Most importantly, I learned how to prioritize and be disciplined. I always had to maintain good grades and behavior in school in order for my parents to allow me to continue playing. I also learned to be a positive role model. As early as high school, young girls were following my career. Because of those girls, I made sure to carry myself in a manner, both on and off the court, which they could look up to.

Basketball has positively attributed to the person I am today because it allowed me to have experiences that might not have been possible without sports. I was able to attend the prestigious Duke University and get an outstanding education that my family couldn’t afford had I not been on an athletic scholarship. Now, I’ve been fortunate to travel around the world experiencing different cultures as a professional basketball player. I’m proud of the person I’ve become and along with my faith and family basketball has played a huge part in that.”

– Jasmine Thomas