Chicago Sky's Rebekah Gardner on How Basketball Led to a Love of Writing and Art
Rebekah Gardner is a guard for the WNBA's Chicago Sky. She played college basketball for the UCLA Bruins and took her career overseas, playing in Israel, Turkey, Romania and Spain. She joined the Sky this past February and was named to the WNBA's All-Rookie Team for the 2022 season.
We spoke to Rebekah for our Time-Out series, where we chat with folks in the sports world about their favorite athletes, teams, sports movies and shows, and their love of sports generally.
Rebekah, tell us...
Where you grew up, and where you live now.
I grew up in Southern California in an area called the Inland Empire, about an hour from Los Angeles. I still reside in that area now when I'm not traveling for basketball.
Your earliest sports memory.
Shooting at the wrong basket during my very first basketball tryouts when I was 8 years old.
Your favorite sports team.
Los Angeles Lakers.
Your favorite athlete.
Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant.
Your favorite sports show or podcast.
Your favorite sports movie and/or video game.
A recent project you're proud of.
I started a written blog, Overseas: Uncut, which gives people an inside look at personal basketball experiences both overseas and in the WNBA.
Someone else's project that you admired recently.
Through my years of being able to travel, I've grown a fond appreciation for artwork. Recently I've had the opportunity to explore the Picasso Art Museum in Barcelona and Chicago's Color Factory Museum. I admire following the evolution of artists through their artwork.
What sports can do that nothing else can.
Sports has the special ability to bring together people of various backgrounds, beliefs, socioeconomic statuses and more to unite towards a common goal.
What you'd be doing if you weren't in the sports world.
With my love of writing, I'd definitely see myself in the field of journalism.