The World Needs More Angels
By Abdul Sharif
8 Mar 2013
Over the summer I had the amazing opportunity to photograph former University of Louisville basketball player Angel McCoughtry during her return to Louisville for recognition of her 2012 London Olympics gold medal. For those of you that don't know; Angel McCoughtry was drafted #1 in 2009 by the WNBA's Atlanta Dream and also plays in Turkey for the EuroLeague's Fenerbahce woman's basketball team. She was raised in Baltimore Maryland, but Louisville is officially her second home.
There is no question that woman's basketball is underappreciated in the United States, however, you wouldn't know this by the enormity of Angel's fan-base here in Louisville. From the first moment we arrived at cardinal stadium, fans flocked to Angel for a chance to touch her gold medal. Everyone greeted Angel with open arms and welcomed her back "home."
The recognition of Angel's Olympic gold medal took place on-field during the University of Louisville's football game Vs. North Carolina. The day was beautiful and the stadium was packed.. When Angel was announced to take the field, the crowd road with a unified chant of "USA" ..."USA" ..."USA." I think even Angel was shocked by the amount of love and support she received from the fans that day.
Many times celebrities are given a bad rap for being self-centered and arrogant. Not Angel-- she welcomed the sea of fans and requests for autographs with open arms.
Angel's character is a testament to her upbringing by two strong parents. Angel treated everyone with respect and never turned down a handshake, hug or request for picture. The world needs more Angels, wouldn't you agree?