WNBA Player, Poet & Mental Health Advocate
Imani McGee-Stafford is a WNBA player, abuse survivor, mental health advocate, and poet. She is currently a center for the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Accounting from The McCombs School of Business. Read More >
Erasing the Stigma
Honda Inspiration Award
In this speech, Imani speaks to athletes, coaches and parents about being an athlete but still maintaining a positive separate self image. She shares the dangers of not reminding youth athletes that their identity is not wrapped up in their success as athletes. She speaks about the problems that face athletes in regards to mental health and how to create safe spaces for athletes to address their mental health.
In this speech, Imani talks about her own struggles with mental health and growing up in an environment that wasn’t the most open to dealing with these types of problems. She encourages audiences to share their own stories and acknowledge how commonplace mental illness and sexual abuse is in their own lives.
Being a tall woman her entire life, like most young girls, Imani struggled with her self image and self esteem. In this speech, she talks about how to derive self made confidence and self esteem as well as how parents and adults can help with this in young girls’ lives.
"Her honesty in speaking to the high school athletes was refreshing. While many not have known of her documented personal story, by the end of her talk with the athletes most were in tears. Finding commonalities with the athletes was easy for Imani as she told them that she had been in their shoes not too long ago and knew some of the challenges they currently faced. They were impressed with her honesty. Her national visibility and reputation on mental health awareness is tremendous for athletes going through the same challenges. Imani is an awesome WNBA player, but an even more wonderful human being with the ability to touch others with her incredible story."
"I’ve been fortunate enough to witness several of Imani’s presentations over the past several years. Her story and message is truly inspiring. The way Imani delivers her message captivates people from all walks of life from CEOs of corporation to the young 13-year-old basketball player. Imani’s spirit, resiliency, and grit is what makes her one of the top professional basketball players in the world. Her trials and triumphs is what makes her one of the most caring, authentic, inspiring, and intellectual people you will ever come across. I look forward to seeing her story unfold. As I have no doubt that Imani will leave a lasting impact on anyone fortunate enough to attend one of her speeches!"