“Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says ‘I’ll try again tomorrow.'” – Mary Anne Radmacher

Photo credits: Aaron Encalade

Imani McGee Stafford is a professional basketball player who plays at the Center position for the Dallas Wings in the WNBA. She grew up in Los Angeles whereas basketball played a prominent role within her family roots.  During Imani’s first year in college, she was named Big 12 Freshman of the Year and continued to create an outstanding college and professional career.  She has been AP All-American, All Big 12 first Team, and 10th overall pick in the 2016 WBA draft, among many other amazing accomplishments.  Imani has been pro since 2016 and currently taking a hiatus for law school!

BTCF had pleasure chatting with Imani.  She is super intelligent, well-spoken, goal oriented, warm-hearted, focused, self-motivated, passionate, and compassionate person.  Imani is also a very talented published poet. She has also been very open about the sexual abuse she experienced as a child, which lead to deep depression and attempted suicides in her younger life.  Diagnosed with bi-polar disorder has not stopped Imani and her ability to shed light on her struggles and turn them into productive outreach to youth and many, many others. Click here for Imani McGee Stafford’s interview