Los Angeles Sparks
Candace Parker is one of the most decorated female basketball players to ever put on a uniform. She is a WNBA Champion, WNBA Finals MVP, two-time WNBA MVP, and two-time Olympic gold medalist. She was selected first overall in the 2008 WNBA Draft by the Los Angeles Sparks, and is the only player in WNBA history to win both the WNBA Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player awards as a rookie. She picked up her second Most Valuable Player Award in 2013. Candace had a storied college career: she led the Tennessee Lady Vols to back-to-back NCAA Women's Basketball Championships in 2007 and 2008, and was named the NCAA Final Four MVP both years. Additional basketball accolades include the Naismith College Player of the Year and AP Female Athlete of the year (2008), five-time WNBA All-Star, WNBA All-Star MVP (2013), Euroleague Champion with UMMC Ekaterinburg (2013) and a five-time All-WNBA First Team.
In 2016, Candace led the Sparks to their first WNBA title since 2002. Her outstanding play helped take the Sparks back to the WNBA finals in 2017, but they ultimately fell short in a tough five game series to the Minnesota Lynx.
Candace is also a talented broadcaster. During the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament she became the first female analyst in March Madness history when she co-hosted Turner's studio shows. Candace has also been a regular fill-in host for Inside the NBA on TNT, and has co-hosted Lakers pre and post-game shows and called games for ESPN/The SEC Network and the Pac12 Networks.
Candace continues to be a profound voice in the community and a role model off the court as she devotes time and energy to helping multiple important causes. She is on the board of the Pat Summit Foundation where she is devoted to helping find a cure for Alzheimer's. She is an advocate for PETA, Loaves & Fishes, the March of Dimes, D.A.R.E, the Ronald McDonald House and No Kid Hungry. She was a voice for women at the first ever Glamour Women of the Year Live Summit in 2016, and was named to People Magazine's "100 Most Beautiful People."
Originally from Chicago, Candace and her daughter Lailaa live in Los Angeles.