Coaching sessions for female basketballers in St Lucia
By Anselma Aimable
Caribbean Net News St Lucia Correspondent
Last week the St Lucia Basketball Federation received word from the Universal Peace Federation concerning the availability of two female basketball coaches from May 6-9, 2009.
Diesa Seidel is the Founder of United Initiatives for Peace and a former professional athlete and Grace Daley is a first round WNBA draft pick and All-American basketball player, who holds numerous scoring records and accolades in the USA and abroad (playing for the Minnesota Lynx, New York Liberty, Houston Comets, Phoenix Mercury and top European teams).
Seidel and Daley are expected to conduct two sessions for female athletes and female coaches on May 6 and May 7 at the Vide Boutielle Cultural Club (VBCC)/ La Clery Basketball Court with a possible session on May 9.
Daley, who scored 2,249 points in her career – the most of any basketball player in school history – was a three-time All-American guard for the Green Wave and led Tulane to the NCAA Tournament in each of her four years from 1997-2000. She was an integral part of two Conference USA regular season championship teams and three C-USA tournament championships, winning the tournament MVP trophy in 1999.
In 2008, Diesa Seidel founded and became the International Executive Director of United Initiatives for Peace (UIP). Seidel is an avid philanthropist who strives to find innovative ways to serve local and international communities. As an educator and athlete, she has a keen interest in creating positive recreational opportunities for youth and encouraging standards for higher education. She also aspires to build basketball courts (Court Quest) and facilitate empowerment programs (United Ballers) as part of a worldwide global initiative with the vision to promote self-confidence, higher education, and character development for females in high need communities.
All female basketballers are encouraged to attend the coaching sessions regardless of their age or experience.