WNBA star, Ty Young has written her own story built on hopes for the future, giving back to the community and simply loving others. Ty spoke exclusively with SHEEN to give us the scoop.
What made you want to get involved with the Ronald McDonald organization recently in Chicago, IL?
I just like to give back when I can. The opportunity presented itself where they had an open spot to where I was able to go in and visit the kids in the hospital. I just wanted to do something to put a smile on their face and let them know that they’re not alone. They don’t just have to see their families everyday, there are other people out there as well that care and can show them love and support.
Do you plan on getting more involved with the Ronald McDonald House Charity in the future?
Yes, definitely. If the opportunity presents itself, I would love to. It’s not just one solely with Ronald McDonald House but opportunities that present itself where I get to visit kids, I would love to do.
When and why did you decide to create a clothing line?
Before last summer, I was with a company and we talked about doing sporting gear, which is how it initially started. Back in October 2016, I went on my own and started doing the clothing line myself, where I just didn’t want it to be sports gear. I wanted it to be gear or clothes people could wear with jeans, not just clothes you would wear to work out.
Where can our readers purchase your clothing?
Right now my clothing is online only. I’m hoping to do some collaborations and meet with boutique owners where my clothes can also be in store.
You recently had the change to donate over 30 shoes to Steve Harvey’s Girl’s Mentoring Program, why did you feel compelled to do this and how do you think this transaction came about?
My publicist Ken, told me about it because I’ve told him that I have shoes that I want to give back. I’m a sneaker head myself and I know kids these days love shoes so we thought why not? At that opportunity it was Girl’s Week with Steve Harvey’s Foundation and I came up with 30 shoes that were either brand new or slightly used and we gave them to the kids at his foundation.
What are your must haves while on the road?
My must haves are definitely a hoodie; it’s probably my favorite thing to wear whether it’s summer, fall, or winter. You can’t go wrong even if it’s hot outside or cold indoors. A hoodie is definitely my go to. And a dope pair of shoes with some nice socks.
What has been your biggest lesson you’ve learned since you were drafted in 2008 to the Atlanta Dreams?
The biggest lesson I’ve learned is to be mentally tough. So many players are talented especially at this level. You have to find something that separates you from others. When I first got drafted, one of my assistant coaches first said to me that stuck with me is to “Keep your value up.” If you keep your value up and you find something that separates you from others you can always keep a job in this profession.
What are your plans for the future?
I can’t predict the future but I hope for my basketball career, I’d like to continue for five more years. I’d like to work more with my clothing line to make it bigger and broader and live a happy, successful life.
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