I started playing organized basketball in the fifth grade and was fortunate to play in college, with USA Basketball and professionally. While basketball was never my “life”, it was a big part of it and I am grateful for the lessons I learned, the people I met and the places I visited (and sometimes lived).
Last year an idea popped into my head that I should re-visit all the places I played throughout my career. My next stop after high school was Auburn, Alabama, which I have returned to frequently (and still do). From there I played in several foreign countries, ending in Seattle, Washington.
I traveled extensively until my final stop in Seattle, then started my “real” work career. Yes, I still traveled, but only within the United States. It wasn’t until 2014 that I finally ventured back to foreign soil, with a trip to Italy. The bug nibbled at me. Three years later I was determined to let the bug take a bigger bite and coined my Tall Chick World Tour. How would it happen? Who would want to go with me?
Life is unpredictable, and it took a nudge to put the wheels into motion. I recently returned from a long weekend in Seattle. I had wanted to go back for a long time. Things just seemed to fall into place: Re-connecting with a friend from the past. Free hotel nights. Realizing that several of my teammates (and front-office staff) still lived there. Let’s do this!
Below is the back of my Tall Chick World Tour T-shirt. I’ve listed all the places I played in alphabetical order by city, with the eventual travel dates TBD.
Stay tuned for my first installment of my TCWT.