Chrishauna Parker, who has been a motivational leader for the UTEP women's basketball team the past several seasons, visited my 7th and 8th grade Speech class at Bassett Middle School today, and was quite an inspiration to the students.  CP spoke about her collegiate career at UTEP, and her unique experiences of playing with the team for the past five seasons.

Parker talked about her memories of playing in the NCAA tournament against Penn State in 2012, and both runs in the WNIT.  She mentioned, "I will never forget playing in front of a sold out crowd at the Don Haskins Center in the final against Rutgers."  Chrishauna spoke about why she chose to come to UTEP and play basketball saying, "one reason I came to UTEP was because of Coach Adams, she really cares about her players."

CP and the Iceman.

Parker spoke about the importance of a good education, and how she worked relentlessly ever since she was a kid to become a basketball player.  CP told my students, " graduating from high school is your first milestone, then you have to go to college and get a job like the rest of the world."  Parker explained to the students that her grandmother was her biggest inspiration while growing up, and always encouraged her to succeed in life.

Parker mentioned how fond of the Sun City that she is by noting, "I love being in El Paso, I love the fans, I love the city."  CP told my students that she has gotten to travel all over the country and even internationally playing basketball, which is something she will never forget.  Parker then answered several questions, signed autographs, and took pictures with the students.

CP signing autographs for the students. (Photo by Brandon Cohn)

Chrishauna Parker is a true class act, and has a way of showing everyone that she is grateful for their support.  My students caught on to this instantly and loved ever moment of Parker's visit.  There is no doubt that CP made a lot of new fans today at Bassett Middle School.  I can't thank Chrishauna Parker enough for coming to speak with my students today, it was a visit for the ages!