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More than basketball: Imani McGee-Stafford steps away from the WNBA to pursue a law degree

More than basketball: Imani McGee-Stafford steps away from the WNBA to pursue a law degree

Dallas Wings Center Imani McGee-Stafford is taking a temporary hiatus from basketball to follow her dreams.

“I am very thankful to Wings Nation for embracing me,” McGee-Stafford said. “I was accepted to Southwestern Law’s accelerated J.D. program and thus will be taking a two-year hiatus from basketball. While I am saddened to step away from such a big part of my life, I’m also excited for this next chapter. I am thankful to Coach Agler and Greg Bibb for being so understanding and supportive.”

Drafted tenth overall in 2016, McGee-Stafford spent time with Chicago Sky, Atlanta Dream and most recently with the Wings. She was picked up by Dallas in 2019 and averaged 3.9 points per game and 3.8 rebounds in 11.9 minutes played (29 total.)

While the Wings are taking a hit in losing the 6-foot-7 center, McGee-Stafford is going to impact the world in ways that go well beyond the game of basketball.

Hoops and Hope is a foundation founded by McGee-Stafford in 2019. Her mission is to provide safe spaces for kids with similar stories and backgrounds as her. The 25-year-old has been open in speaking about her life journey in overcoming sexual abuse, neglect and multiple suicide attempts.

McGee-Stafford has always utilized her platform in the WNBA to serve as an advocate for sexual education and mental health. She carries herself with a sort of peace that is admirable both off and on the court. Her advocacy is inspiring and she will undoubtedly continue change lives.

Dallas Sports Fanatic wishes you nothing but the best on your new playing court. Good luck! 

Credentialed media member covering the Dallas Wings. Staff writer covering the Dallas Cowboys. Proud product of UT Arlington. Lover of NFL Sundays.

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