Rushia Brown was born in the Bronx, NY and raised in South Carolina. As a sophomore, she first picked up a ball and joined the Summerville High School Junior Varsity basketball team. Athletic, yet untrained, Rushia began a journey that would forever change her life. Through hard work and dedication, she was one of the top student-athlete recruits in the state of South Carolina as a senior; being courted by esteemed universities such as Harvard, Duke University and her then dream school, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. With the recent loss of her father, Rushia chose to stay close to home and attend Furman University.
As a Lady Paladin, Rushia pursued her education and competed on the court, attaining every accolade available including Southern Conference Freshman of the Year, multiple MVPs, Southern Conference Player of the Year, Edna Hartness Athlete of the Year and eventually having her jersey hang from the rafters as #34 was retired, never to be worn again. Rushia’s collegiate years lead to a 10 year professional career overseas, which spanned 5 countries; Spain, France, Italy, Greece and Korea and 7 years in the WNBA; 6 years in Cleveland and 1 year in Charlotte.
Brown is currently working to make a difference in the lives of girls and women through the sport of basketball. Rushia is the Founder/President of the Women's Professional Basketball Alumnae (WPBA), the only organization structured to assist women who have played professionally in the WNBA or in Europe as they transition into mainstream society. We are committed to providing support and resources for:
Spiritual & Mental Well-Being
Rushia is also the Director of Public Relations for Young Black Entrepreneur Magazine,(YBE) an educational platform for those with entrepreneurial aspirations.
My mission is to improve communities by providing educational and enrichment activities for its citizens. I am
committed to implementing programs which enhance academic achievement, personal growth, health and wellness, economic vitality, self-sufficiency, and good citizenship.
Rushia Brown has used her experience as a professional athlete as a platform to reach the masses. She has been able to stand before people ranging from challenged youth to athletes to college students to corporate executives. She customizes her flagship keynote “The P.A.S.SI.O.N Principles-How to be the Exception; NOT the rule!” to inspire attendees. Rushia does not deliver a canned presentation but a customized message that insights CHANGE!
Her message goes beyond motivational; it is TRANSFORMATIONAL! Rushia’s ability to use instances from a challenging childhood, loss, extensive time overseas, major accomplishments and even failure help her relate to any group.
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