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Hoops Green joined the Harlem Globetrotters in 2017. The now 5-foot-9 guard first started pursuing basketball at age 4. She was introduced to the sport by her older brother who has served as one of her greatest mentors.
Hoops has played professionally overseas in the Czech Republic and Spain. She also took her talents to Mexico in 2014 – all while managing to earn her graduate degree in Sports Management at Southern New Hampshire University in 2015.
“I have always wanted to have a positive impact and be able to make someone smile. Basketball gives me the opportunity to reach out and inspire the youth. Especially being a female player, it allows young girls to believe in themselves.”
SD: As the 15th woman to don the Trotters’ red, white and blue uniform in the team’s 91-year history, what is it like to be a female player on the team?
HG: Being part of the team’s history means a lot to me as both a player and a female. I want to show all little girls that a girl can accomplish anything she puts her mind to. I am all about “girl power” and being a role model. We all need someone to look up to and to show us it can be done.
SD: What has the game of basketball given you?
HG: When I was little, I carried a basketball with me everywhere I went. Now basketball takes me everywhere. It has provided me an outlet and a platform. Never be afraid to be a trailblazer. There is always someone who is going to take the first step. Let’s just make sure it’s a female doing it.
SD: Which position to do you play?
HG: Point guard. I started playing basketball when I was 4 years old. My older brother loved the game and he shared his passion for the game with me. He is my biggest fan and I am so glad he taught me the ropes.
SD: Can a woman play in the NBA?
HG: It’s possible. We are breaking barriers every day. I think woman are more than capable of doing anything they want. I hope to see a female NBA player one day.
SD: When you’re not playing basketball, what do you like to do for fun?
HG: I love spending time with my family. When I am not on the court, you can find me outdoors playing with my pitbull, Athena.