Olympic medal­ist Hold­sclaw to ap­pear at Bard

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - Free­man staff

For­mer WNBA first-round pick, Rookie of the Year, and Olympic women’s basketball gold-medal­ist Chamique Hold­sclaw will be at Bard Col­lege on Nov. 2 for a screen­ing and ques­tion-and-an­swer ses­sion for the doc­u­men­tary film “Mind/Game,” which chron­i­cles her bat­tle with men­tal ill­ness.

The free screen­ing of the 53-minute film, which was pro­duced by doc­u­men­tary di­rec­tor Rick Gold­smith, will be held in Olin Au­di­to­rium at 7:30 p.m. and is open to the pub­lic. A ques­tio­nand-an­swer ses­sion will fol­low the screen­ing.

Hold­sclaw played col­lege basketball un­der Hall of Fame coach

Pat Sum­mitt, who died ear­lier this year af­ter a bat­tle with Alzheimer’s dis­ease, at the Univer­sity of Ten­nessee and was part of

three straight NCAA ti­tlewin­ning Lady Vol­un­teers teams in 1996, ’97 and ’98.

Hold­sclaw earned Nai­smith Col­lege Player of the Year hon­ors in 1998 and ’99.

She was the No. 1 pick in the 1999 WNBA draft by the Wash­ing­ton Mys­tics

and won Rookie of the Year hon­ors av­er­ag­ing 16.9 points and 7.9 re­bounds a game. For her ca­reer, Hold­sclaw av­er­aged 16.9 points and 7.6 re­bounds a game.

She was part of the U.S. Na­tional team that won the gold medal in the 2000 Sum­mer Olympics in Syd­ney,


Af­ter re­tir­ing from the WNBA in 2010, she pub­lished her au­to­bi­og­ra­phy ti­tled “My Story” in 2012, which de­tailed her bat­tle with de­pres­sion.

Ever since, Hold­sclaw has been an ad­vo­cate for men­tal health.

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