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Former Charlotte Sting star Andrea ...
Former Charlotte Sting star Andrea Stinson brought back some of the defunct WNBA franchise's fan favorites for a night of food, fun, and fundraising.
Former North Mecklenburg High All-America and WNBA All-Star Andrea Stinson has launched a foundation that helps girls develop their skills as athletes and leaders.Stinson, girls' basketball coach at James Martin Middle School, is the Charlotte Sting's all-time leading scorer.
The Sting Fan Reunion and Afterparty was held at Club Eclipse on April 12.Stinson
explained, "This celebration is for (Sting fans).Your years of support to the Sting players and organization will always be appreciated." The event, in addition to bringing together players and fans, raised money for Stinson's newest venture, A Lady's Touch Foundation, which "is about enhancing, encouraging and elevating young female athletes' abilities as athletes and women of our future," she said. Stinson
remains Charlotte's career leader in points (3,329); field goals (1,302); games played and started (254); free throws made (520) and attempted (706); rebounds (1,115); and steals (339).
...Stinson is a media assistant and girls basketball coach at James Martin Middle School.She
sees disturbing trends taking roots with African American girls and wants to do something to make a difference.
"These girls are in desperate need of some help," said Stinson
, who grew up in Cornelius and was an all-America at North Mecklenburg High, is trying to give back to the community that nurtured her
.The only player to have their number retired and hanging from the rafters of Time Warner Cable Arena, Stinson
is trying to take her
influence beyond basketball.
"Being there all day long with the young ladies and young men, not to leave them out, but with the young ladies, the way they have beef with each other, and the way they have these little clicks, it has amazed me how much (help) they need," she
said.The former WNBA standout explained how many students come to the media center for advice, even students who don't play on her
team.Yet, once they transfer to high school, it is the parents who often contact Stinson
, because of the dramatic changes that have occurred in their children.
Stinson wants to focus on the issue of the students' transition from middle to high school, and graduating.
"Whether it be academic, with personal tutors, or helping them with SAT or CORE classes and making sure they have the courses they need to have," Stinson
said."If they need any help, I have a lot of people willing to help."
In order to get her
foundation off the ground and, to at last, offer an event thanking Sting fans, Stinson
put together the reunion event.
"It's basically a fundraiser for the foundation, and an event I needed to have to get the foundation up and running," she
Inductees | NC Sports Hall of Fame
Andrea Stinson 2015
A native of Cornelius, Andrea Stinson
arguably is the most highly recruited high school player in North Carolina's women's basketball history.
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association
as the state's female Player of the Year in 1987 following her
senior season at North Mecklenburg High School
While leading the Lady Vikings to a 26-0 record and the state 4-A title, she
came to be known simply as "Miss Jordan" - an ode to her
impact as a prep phenom endures to this day as her
No. 32 jersey was retired by North Mecklenburg
Kay Yow won the recruiting battle for her services, and Stinson
took off in her second year wearing the red and white of the Wolfpack Women.
N.C. State career with 2,136 points scored, third most in school history.
An easy choice as a member of the ACC's
50th Anniversary team, Stinson
additionally was recognized as one of the conference's top 50 ACC female athletes of all time.
In 2014, she
was deservingly inducted into the N.C. State Sports Hall of Fame
is a veteran of 11 seasons of European professional basketball, where she
played in countries such as Italy, France, Turkey, Russia, and Poland.
was honored three times as an Italian League all-star and on two occasions led her
Turkish team to a league championship.
was chosen to play on the 1989 World Championship qualifying team, the 1990 and 1992 USA Select national teams, the 1991 bronze medal-winning Pan American Games team and the 1992 Olympic Trials team.
In 1997, Stinson
returned to North Carolina to play for the WNBA's expansion Charlotte Sting franchise.
Over the next eight seasons she
was the face of the franchise, delighting fans with her
on-court skills and growing the sport with her
off-court dedication to the community.
She led the Sting in scoring for six consecutive seasons and started every game for eight years in a row.
finest year as a member of the Sting
first, when she
averaged 18 points, six rebounds and nearly three assists per game.
That year, she
finished runner-up in balloting for the league's Most Valuable Player award.
A three-time WNBA all-star, Stinson
put a bow on her
remarkable playing career as a member of the Detroit Shock
, and she
retired as the WNBA's sixth all-time leading scorer.
efforts in the Charlotte community, Stinson
received the WNBA's Community Assist Award, the Bobby Phills Community Award, the Maya Angelou Leadership Award, and the United Negro College Fund Leadership Award.
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April 7, 2004 - The Charlotte Sting announced today that they have re-signed local stars Andrea Stinson and Allison Feaster.
signed a one-year deal while Feaster's contract keeps her
in a Sting uniform for the next three seasons.Per team policy, further details were not disclosed.
"I am very pleased to have Andrea
and Allison return to our roster.
, 36, is one of the original members of the Sting franchise.Assigned to the team during initial player allocations in 1997, the 5-10 guard has started in all 220 of the club's games and holds career averages of 14.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game.Stinson
is ranks among the WNBA's all-time leaders in several statistical categories including minutes played (1st), field goals made (2nd), field goal attempts (3rd), points (3rd), assists (4th) and steals (5th).
is one of the best open court scorers to ever play the game," said Lacey.
Named an Eastern Conference All-Star in 2001 and 2002, Stinson
has helped guide the Sting to six playoff appearances, including a trip to the WNBA Championships in 2001.The runner-up in MVP voting in 1997 and a Second Team All-WNBA selection in 1998, Stinson
has also been recognized for her
off the court efforts as she
was awarded the WNBA Community Assist Award, a Maya Angelou Leadership Award and the Bobby Phills Athlete Award in 2003. A native of Cornelius, NC, Stinson led North Mecklenburg High School to a state championship in 1986 before continuing her career at North Carolina State, where she led the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring for three straight seasons.She
was named the 1990 ACC Player of the Year and as a junior and was honored as a member of the All-ACC
, All-ACC Tournament
and Kodak All-America Teams
in both 1990 and 1991.
Charlotte Observer | 05/19/2006 | Sting to honor its ambassador
Andrea Stinson, playing women's professional basketball in Italy in January 1997, got word that she was assigned to the Charlotte Sting in the new WNBA.
She'd landed back in her
hopped a plane immediately.
"I was too excited to finish my season in Italy," she
said."That team really got mad with me because I was excited about going home and playing at home."Stinson
became the smiling, scoring, local-girl success story.
Started all 273 Sting games from 1997 through 2004.Led the team in scoring six straight years.Made all-star teams, and fans of thousands of girls who'd watch Stinson slash to the basket or sink a 3-pointer, and hear her
Grew up in Cornelius.All-America pick at North Mecklenburg High.Ditto at N.C. State.She
was the face and soul of the Sting
, and on Saturday the organization will retire her
No. 32 jersey.It will happen at halftime of the 6 p.m. opener against the Chicago Sky at Charlotte Bobcats Arena.
"Well, I'm going to try to hold my tears back, but I don't know if I'll be able to do it," said Stinson
, 38."It's going to be a special night."
Like at nearly every Sting game, Stinson
will be surrounded by family, friends and fans.Her
car often was among the last to leave the players' parking lot.She'd be chatting with folks about postgame plans, catching up with relatives or signing autographs.
"Stint" made time for everyone, and the love flowed back.
"The fans never let me down no matter the outcome or circumstance of the event, game or season," Stinson
said."There is no way I could ever thank fans for the love they have shown me over the years.I've had a wonderful and adventurous career."Stinson, a guard, is the sixth-leading scorer in WNBA history (3,351 points), and averaged 13.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists.Her
playoff scoring average was 14.8.She
is the Sting's career leader in points, regular-season games (254), field goals (1,302), rebounds (1,115), steals (339), shots (2,282) and free throws made (520) and attempted (706).
was a three-time all-star (2000, 2001 and 2002), and runner-up to Cynthia Cooper as WNBA Most Valuable Player in 1997.
was such an approachable star," said Sting forward Allison Feaster, a teammate for four seasons.
always had fun, and I never saw her
sweat under pressure."Stinson is the Sting's community relations ambassador, remaining a fixture in the community.
She'll be at games, schools, Sting functions, all the stuff she's
done for a decade.
"I want to be remembered as one who just loved the game," Stinson
Charlotte Sting to retire Andrea Stinson's jersey - OurSports Central
Charlotte Sting to retire Andrea Stinson's jersey
Charlotte Sting to retire Andrea Stinson's
...The Charlotte Sting will retire Andrea Stinson's number 32 jersey on Saturday, May 20, in conjunction with their 2006 season opener against the Chicago Sky, it was announced today by General Manager Trudi Lacey.
...In addition, the Sting have also named Stinson as the team's community relations ambassador.
new role, Stinson
will help the Sting
develop new off the court relationships, as well as cultivate existing ones, by becoming an integral part of the team's community outreach efforts.
"We are thrilled to announce the retirement of Andrea Stinson's
number 32 jersey," Lacey said.
"As one of the original members of the Sting
helped build this franchise from the ground up.In her
eight seasons with the team she
exemplified in every aspect what it means to be a professional basketball player in the WNBA
was one of the best open court players to ever play the game and she
impressed fans with her
skills and dazzled with her
patented spin moves and smooth finishes.
"We are glad Andrea
will still be part of the Sting
family in another role with which she
brings passion, excitement and knowledge of the game and will be a tremendous ambassador for the Sting
in our outreach to our fans and the business community in the Charlotte region."Stinson
became one of the first members of the Charlotte franchise when she
was allocated to the team on January 22, 1997.Over her
eight-year stint with the team, she
became synonymous with the Charlotte Sting
started every game in the first eight years of the team's history.During her
career in her
averaged 13.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.3 steals.Her name is found throughout the Charlotte Sting record books as she is the franchise's all-time leader with 3,329 points, 1,302 field goals made, 254 games played and started, 2,882 field goals attempted, 520 free throws made, 706 free throws attempted, 1,115 rebounds and 339 steals.
A three-time WNBA All-Star (2000, 2001, 2002), Stinson's performances also rank her
among the best in league history.She
currently is the sixth all-time leading scorer in league history with 3,351 points and is ranked third all-time with 8,056 minutes, fifth with 1,310 field goals and 810 assists and ninth with 342 steals.She
became the third player in WNBA history to score 3,000 career points when she
reached that milestone on August 2, 2003, against the Los Angeles Sparks.
tenure with the club, the 5-10 guard helped the Sting
capture six playoff berths, including the Eastern Conference Championship and a trip to the WNBA Finals in 2001.
The team's scoring leader for six straight seasons, Stinson
was named to the All-WNBA
Second Team in 1997 and 1998.She
set the franchise-record for most points in a game with 33 on July 26, 2000, against Washington and averaged a career-best 17.7 points in the 2000 season.
A native of Cornelius, North Carolina, and a graduate of North Mecklenburg High School
made it a priority to give back to her
community as a member of the Sting
stay with the team, she
made countless charitable appearances and was honored with the WNBA's Community Assist Award for the 2003 offseason and in September 2004.