The sports world mourns the loss of former WNBA star Tiffany Jackson, who died this week after a year-long battle with breast cancer. she was 37
Jackson impressed at the University of Texas before playing in the WNBA for nine years. She commanded the pitch for league teams like the New York Liberty, Los Angeles Sparks and Tulsa Shock. Although she was hired as Wiley College’s head coach in April, she never got the chance to coach a game.
Jackson, who received her breast cancer diagnosis in 2015, has been described by former Texas coach Jody Conradt as an “influential player” with an acclaimed career.
“She was recognized for her all-around play and the fact that she was tremendously mobile and able to play in multiple positions,” Conradt said in a statement released by University of Texas Athletics on Monday. “She was loved by teammates and we share our sadness at her death.”
Many of Jackson’s colleagues and former colleagues mourned her death on social media. Some emphasized the importance of regular breast cancer screening, noting that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The Susan G. Komen Foundation, an organization dedicated to fighting breast cancer, published a touching tribute to Jackson on Tuesday.
“Everyone at Komen was saddened to learn of the death of the former @WNBA Player Tiffany Jackson, 37, out #breastcancer,” the basis tweeted. “She was ‘one of the greatest players in Texas women’s basketball history,’ according to University of Texas coach Vic Shaefer.”
Wiley Athletics tweeted a statement calling Jackson an “incredible light for our students.”
The WNBA admitted the early death of the star athlete in one tweet write on Tuesday: “We are saddened to learn of the passing of a member of our WNBA family, Tiffany Jackson. Our thoughts and prayers are with Tiffany’s family.”
Women’s sports-focused digital platform TOGETHXR, co-founded by former WNBA basketball player Sue Bird, honored Jackson in a tweet.
“October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Rest well, Tiffany Jackson,” the organization said wrotealong with emojis of hearts and a white dove.
Karen Aston, head coach of the University of Texas at San Antonio women’s basketball team, tweeted a photo of Jackson on Tuesday, which included the message, “We lost a friend, mentor, teammate, colleague and Texas legend in women’s basketball yesterday. We want to offer our deepest condolences to her family and her son Marley.”
Notre Dame women’s basketball head coach Niele Ivey sent prayers to the late player’s loved ones.
“Sending prayers to the family and friends of Tiffany Jackson! Prayer to God for comfort to you all at this difficult time!” you tweetedby adding a heart and a prayer emoji.
news week has reached out to Wiley College for comment.
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