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WNBA basketball icon Tina Charles is not only passionate about basketball, but also the health of citizens around the world. She uses her celebrity status for the good of humanity and not just to benefit herself. Tina is an athlete who understands her career will not last forever and thus is making the adjustment as early as possible into real world situations to keep her dreams alive.

Sports speaker Tina Charles grew up a basketball star in New York. She played AAU, as well as high school basketball and excelled in both. Because of her skills Tina was selected as a high school McDonalds All-American and committed to play at UCONN after graduating high school. Tina along with WNBA perennial star Maya Moore led the Huskies to two consecutive NCAA championships her junior and senior years. In 2010 she was drafted by the Connecticut Sun. Since being drafted into the WBNA Tina has received honors including Rookie of the Year, MVP, and won an Olympic gold medal during the London games with teammates including Diana Taurasi, Swin Cash, and Sylvia Fowles. Although she is very good at the sport, Tina’s life does not revolve around basketball. She is working to increase her marketability for full-time jobs after she retires and is currently interning at Bergin Correctional Institute helping former inmates reintegrate back into society.

Tina Charles has recently declared to donate half of her salary to “Hopey’s Heart Foundation” which she started after her aunt’s sudden passing from multiple organ failure. She plans to use the money to buy AED’s (automatic external defibrillators). The foundation also provides health education and CPR training. Tina plans to place the AED’s in schools and community centers. She wants everyone to be aware of what could happen so that they know what to do if and when a situation does arise.