Mystics Sheila Johnson Honored By Congresswoman Norton

Another Accolade For An Amazing Lady

Johnson honored with Congressional Record by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton before the start of the Mystics' basketball clinic for girls. [Photos: CD Brown for DCUS].

Congresswoman Norton helped close out Women’s History Month by presenting Washington Mystics President and Managing Partner Sheila C. Johnson a congressional record entry and celebrating D.C.’s own young women student athletes.

“I prefer focusing on women who are making history because those are the women who inspire the rest of us”, said Norton.

"Sheila Johnson is a one of a kind leader of women and girls of all backgrounds, in all pursuits. She represents the whole package for young women in D.C. whose lives in sports can be the best preparation for excelling in whatever they do, as Johnson has.”

The Mystics held a basketball clinic with for girls of Dunbar and McKinnley high schools who Johnson hopes will become future Washington Mystics players.

The girls were a bit relunctant to answer the call when Johnson asked "who wants to become a Washington Mystic", but eventually hands were raised.

Teammates Alana Beard, Marissa Coleman, and newly signed Katie Smith lead the clinic.

Johnson, who has always been passionate about youth is also the Ambassador for Care, involved in arts and entertainment (serving on President Barack Obama's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, part owner of the Washington Capitals an accomplished violinist, and the owner of Salamander Hospitality.

"Being on the court will teach you alot", Johnson told the girls. "It will teach you responsiblity, trusting one another, operating as a team. It will help you become organized. These are skills in life that you can take with you through high school, college, and later in life."

"Remember this moment", said Johnson, admonishing the girls that they can be anything in life they want to be.

Johnson continues to be inspired by her lady Mystics. I recall an event two years ago when Johnson said about her team members, "Sometimes they truely can take my breath away."

Dr. Johnson told the student athletes assembled that the Mystics are role models both on and off the court, and that she is proud to serve as their mentor, often taking them to board meetings to experience the business side of the sport.

Johnson is the first African American woman to own three sports teams, proving that girls who excel in sports, can excel in life.

The Mystics recently added Forward Carla Thomas as a free agent. A standout from Vanderbilt University, Thomas was drafted in the first round (10th overall) of the 2007 WNBA Draft by the Chicago Sky.

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