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Simone Edwards      Wikipedia 

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She did not play basketball in high school, but was recruited by Seminole State College for her height and athleticism after been seen competing in a track meet in Jamaica. After learning the sport, she helped them to an undefeated conference record, ranking in the National Junior College Athletic Association Top 10, and she became the First Kodak All-American in the school’s history by averaging 22.3 points and 10 rebounds a game.

In 1996–97, she led the Hawks in field-goal percentage (.557) during her senior season.

Professionally, she played for the New York Liberty and the Seattle Storm, where she won a Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) championship with the Storm in 2004, where she earned the nickname “Jamaican Hurricane." She also played in Europe and Israel. She was the first Jamaican player in the WNBA. In 2006, she announced her retirement from the WNBA, leaving as the team's all-time leader in rebounds, minutes, and games played. She was the team captain on the Jamaica Basketball Women’s National Team, helping them win the country’s first-ever gold medal at the 2006 Caribbean Basketball Confederation Championship.

She coached the Jamaican women's national basketball team and led them to a 2014 Caribbean Championship. She later coached at Radford University in 2007-2008, and George Mason University from 2008 to 2011. In 2017, the Jamaican government bestowed her with the Order of Distinction award for her outstanding contribution to Jamaica's Women National Basketball. She is also a member of the Seattle Storm All-Decade Team and the Seattle Storm Legend Fraternity.

She lost her battle with ovarian cancer in 2023.

Born 11/17/1973 and died on 2/16/2023 at the age of 49.

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Unstoppable Unstoppable (6/9/2017)
Trailblazer Simone Edwards —the first Jamaican (WNBA) player — tells her inspirational journey of persevering through every obstacle, remaining dedicated to the hard work that ultimately earned her a championship. Great for readers of all ages. The road to glory is never easy. This memoir of one of the most dominant rebounders to ever play the game of basketball, reveals the heart and soul of a true champion and the obstacles she overcame on her path to greatness. As one of the original players of the WNBA and team captain of the Jamaica National Basketball Team from 2006 - 2013, Edwards achieved her grand dream. Her current dream is to inspire others to achieve theirs. The 6’4” former center, dubbed as “Jamaican Hurricane,” was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica. In her heartfelt memoir, Unstoppable, Edwards reveals the harsh realities of growing up poor in a gang-infested village and how she found the inner strength to maintain hope in the face of opposition. Edwards gives readers an insider’s view of college and professional basketball as well as competing internationally, revealing obstacles and triumphs she experienced on her journey from taunted teenager to international sports figure. Unstoppable is raw and powerful, yet filled with the humor and personality Edwards has become known for. It is a captivating portrait of one woman’s relentless pursuit of a dream and her unwavering determination not to allow her circumstances to dictate her future.

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