Press Release 2.27


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Leslie Will Stand with Parents, Students, and Teachers across New York State on March 4th to Push for Bold Change in Education
New York, NY – Families for Excellent Schools announced Friday that former WNBA star, Olympic gold medalist, and parent choice advocate Lisa Leslie would be among thousands of parents, students, and teachers at next week’s rally in Albany to end New York’s failing schools crisis.
The #DontStealPossible rally on Wednesday, March 4th will call on state leaders to move beyond bureaucratic tweaks and make bold, structural change to end the crisis. More than 80 schools across New York State are expected to attend, along with parents from traditional NYC public schools.
“Children around the country are having their dreams stolen due to failing schools,” said Leslie. “This situation is a crisis, and I’m standing with thousands of New Yorkers next week because we need to see the sort of bold change that puts every child in an excellent school.”
As the face of women’s basketball and a four-time Olympic gold medalist, Leslie is a nationally renowned athlete, advocate, and author. Leslie’s illustrious career as the face of women’s basketball spans four gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic teams and three WNBA MVP awards. (See below the jump for full biography.)
The announcement of Leslie’s attendance follows Families for Excellent Schools’ call for a swift state takeover of chronically failing schools, and comes amidst “Ten Days of Possible,” a social media campaign counting down towards next week’s rally in Albany.

Details on Wednesday, March 4th Rally in Albany:

#DontStealPossible Rally to End Statewide Crisis of Failing Schools
State Capitol Steps
Albany, New York
RALLY: 11:30 AM, Wednesday, March 4, 2015
PRESS CONFERENCE: 1:15 PM, Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Full Lisa Leslie Bio:
When the “face” of your sport is a Wilhelmina model, you know you’re off to a good start. But Lisa Leslie, the most-recognized player in the WNBA and Team USA, she was the most dominant player in the women’s game.

While at Morningside High School in Inglewood, CA, she led the team to two state championships. In college at the University of Southern California, she was the all time Pac-10 leader in points, rebounds, and blocked shots. After college, she became a member of the gold-winning U.S. Olympic teams in 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008. She is the first team sport athlete to win four consecutive Olympic Gold Medals.

In 2001, Leslie was the first WNBA player to win the regular season MVP, the All-Star Game MVP and the playoff MVP in the same season. That year, she also led the Los Angeles Sparks to their first WNBA Championship. In 2002, she became the WNBA all-time leading scorer and was named MVP of the regular season for the second year in a row. She led the Los Angeles Sparks to back-to-back Championships. She would go on to win her third MVP trophy of the WNBA in 2006. Leslie is the first woman to slam-dunk in a professional game. In 2009, Lisa Leslie announced her retirement from the WNBA as she played her last season in front of her family, friends and fans!

In Lisa’s off-season she became an author, and released her book, “Don’t Let the Lipstick Fool You”.  She became a commentator for ESPN in 2004, TNT and ABC and has not looked back. She is now an in-studio sports analyst on the show “We Need To Talk” airing on CBS Sports Network and covers the NBA on ABC’s SportsZone.

Lisa has been happily married to her best friend and husband, Michael Lockwood for nine years and are proud parents. As a wife, mom, author, sports analyst, motivational speaker and entrepreneur you can see Lisa Leslie does it all.

Families for Excellent Schools harnesses the power of families to advance policy and political changes that create and sustain excellent schools.
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