Who is Rebecca Lobo?
Rebecca Rose Lobo was born on 6 October 1973, in Hartford, Connecticut, and is a former professional women’s basketball player and a television basketball analyst, initially known for her college basketball run as a part of the University of Connecticut. She had a center role for most of her playing career.
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The Net Worth of Rebecca Lobo
Rebecca Lobo has a net worth that is estimated to be over $1.5 million, earned mostly through success in professional basketball. While she did earn significant income thanks to her time as a professional athlete, recent years have seen her gain wealth due to her broadcasting work, which she is continuing.
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Early Life, Education, and Basketball Beginnings
Rebecca is of Irish, German, and Cuban descent, and grew up the youngest daughter of her parents, and was raised as a catholic. All of her siblings showed prowess in basketball at a young age too. She showed the same potential, leading to her future pursuits. Both of her parents were teachers, with her father coaching a basketball as well as a track and field team. She was raised in Southwick, Massachusetts, and attended Southwick-Tolland Regional High School where she held the state basketball scoring record for 18 years.
After matriculating from high school, she enrolled at the University of Connecticut after considering over 100 colleges wanted to recruit her thanks to her talents. She chose the university due to its proximity to home, and its record of academic excellence. During her time there, she helped the Huskies to a 35-0 record, leading to the 1995 National Championship. She was the unanimous Naismith College Player of the Year, AP Player of the Year, USBWA Player of the Year, and Wade Trophy recipient. She was also named the Sportswoman of the Year by the Women’s Sports Foundation.
Thanks to her prowess and skill, Lobo became a member of the US U18 team which competed in Guanajuato, Mexico, finishing with a silver medal, losing to Brazil in the final – she managed 6.8 points per game. She recorded the highest blocks during the team’s run at the World Championship a year later.
A year after her award winning performance, she was selected for the US team which competed at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.
The team would win the gold medal, and afterwards she became a part of the 1997 inaugural season of the WNBA – she played with New York Liberty, and they reached the finals before they were defeated by the Houston Comets. In 1999, she suffered an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear which set her back for a season. She stayed with the Liberty until 2002, when she was traded to the Comets, then played for a year with the Connecticut Suns from which team she retired.
Broadcasting, Achievements, and Other Endeavors
Following her retirement, Rebecca started working with the company ESPN as a color analyst and reporter, with a focus on women’s college basketball. She also does a lot of reports covering WNBA games. The company is a sports television network that is majority owned by The Walt Disney Company, founded in 1979 and focusing on sports programming. It is one of the most successful sports networks, and its popularity has outshone criticisms which include accusations of biased coverage.
In 2010, Rebecca was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, and was later announced as one of the members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, in a class that featured Tracy McGrady and Muffet McGraw.
Aside from her broadcasting work, Rebecca is known to be an advocate for breast cancer awareness. She helped create the book “The Home Team”, with her mother who suffered from breast cancer. She helped establish the RuthAnn and Rebecca Lobo Scholarship, while also being a representative of Lee National Denim Day, held to help raise money for breast cancer research.
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— Rebecca Lobo (@RebeccaLobo) April 2, 2019
She was a national spokesperson for Body1, a network of sites which focus on medical technology. She campaigned for awareness of knee injury risks to women, referring to the problem she had with her ACL.
Lobo married writer Steve Rushin in 2003. He is best known for his work with “Sports Illustrated”, and was the National Sportswriter of the Year in 2005. the two met while at a Manhattan bar, two years before their marriage. During their first meeting, she confronted him due to an article he wrote about how boring WNBA games were – he later admitted that he had never attended a women’s basketball game in his life, and had ridiculed the women’s version of the sport in a magazine presumptuously.
She invited him to a game in New York and they began dating shortly after. They now have four children together.
She continues to be very passionate about basketball as a sport, and the current state of both the NBA as well as the WNBA. She also follows other leagues though not as closely as professional basketball. She enjoys keeping track of WNBA teams, and is often seen doing field reports during big games of the league.