Shanna Zolman Mahaley: Faith and Sports

by Washington State Girls Basketball Coaches Association
Shanna Zolman Mahaley: Faith and Sports


In this clinic presentation, Shanna Zolman Mahaley shared her journey from playing for legendary coach Pat Summit to the WNBA to a life filled with hurt and pain.  When she discovered Jesus Christ, her life changed and she now presents her testimony to others to give hope.


The Coach

There are three big reasons I am the person I am today: Growing up in Indiana, the sting of life, and Jesus Christ. Fortunately for me, without the latter I wouldn’t be here.
My childhood and emergence into adulthood were filled with moments that still cause me to stop and wonder. From becoming Indiana’s All-Time Leading scorer and storied "Miss Basketball" to playing under legendary coach Pat Summit at the University of Tennessee (go Vols!), I have been privy to the things basketball dreams are made of. For me, basketball was not just a game, because in Indiana it’s what you do!
 The culmination of this journey was getting selected in the 2006 WNBA Draft. I played four seasons with the San Antonio Silver Stars and two seasons with the Tulsa Shock. Building my career on the court was one of the most difficult things I thought I’d ever do.  
 At times, I wish this were the part of the story where I say, “… And I am currently playing for a new team in a new city.” But if there’s anything I’ve learned in my 30-plus years on Earth, it’s that it’s not about what you do. It’s who you are and how God views you. 
After a number of injuries, a failed marriage, abuse, and brokenness, God led me to forgiveness and pointed me to Seattle where I served as the College/Women’s Director for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. I now spend my time at home as a mom raising my son, Zolman along with my husband Antwan and chocolate lab, Uzzi!
On this new court of life, I have become passionate about speaking and sharing my life stories and experiences. I have a deep desire to boldly proclaim the truth of God’s love and grace, while encouraging those dealing with brokenness, hurt and despair. I have been blessed to be able to travel across the country to speak at youth conferences, church functions, leadership conferences, camps, and motivational events.
The game doesn’t always turn out the way you think it will. And that’s okay. In the same way skill, prowess and records must be earned, so must the resilience, grit and determination that drive us forward.
John 3:30

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Caterory: Basketball/Culture & Team Development
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