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One to Watch: Seimone Augustus

Service to her community drives former LSU star

Seimone Augustus
Louisiana State University  
Sport: Women's Basketball 

Seimone Augustus found her passion for basketball early in life. The 6-foot guard/forward, a Baton Rouge, Louisiana, native, started playing the game when she was just 3 years old. Augustus, dubbed by Sports Illustrated as "the next Michael Jordan" as a 14-year-old, went on to become one of the most decorated women’s college basketball players of all time. A two-time national player of the year (2005, 2006) and  Southeastern Conference Player of the Year, Augustus led Louisiana State University to three Final Four appearances and a 121-19 record during her four years with the Tigers. Closing out her collegiate career in 2005-06, Augustus led the nation in scoring (22.7 points per game) before being selected No. 1 overall by the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx.  

When to watch: The USA women's basketball team will tip off its 2016 Olympic campaign at 11 a.m. Eastern time today with the first of five preliminary games against Senegal. Team USA's next four games will take place Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Aug. 14. Olympic quarterfinal play will begin Aug. 16. 

Why we're cheering: At 32, Augustus understands the invaluable role health and wellness play in an athlete’s ability to endure a long, competitive sports career. Having suffered a torn ACL that ended her 2009 WNBA season, Augustus knows how it feels to be sidelined. The standout has committed her time off the court to give back to the Baton Rouge community. Starting with her earliest days in the spotlight, Augustus has been widely regarded as one of the sport’s most service-driven players. The Seimone Augustus Foundation provides opportunities and raises awareness about health and wellness, specifically focusing on hunger and heart health. The foundation recently established the Shannon Veal Scholarship, which will be awarded to a college-bound high school female from the Baton Rouge area  who has overcome significant obstacles in her pursuit of sport, education or community service.