After a fruitful career on the hardwood, former Washington Mystics player, Tamara James, plans to take her talents back to her hometown.
The 32-year-old activist was recently named mayor of her old stomping grounds, Dania Beach, Fla., Broward County’s “oldest community” the Miami Herald reports.
In a statement issued to the SunSentinel, James thanked her supporters for furthering her dreams of enacting change in her community. “I plan on being a voice for our residents, promoting smart economic growth and unifying us as a city… I’m looking forward to winning championships for the oldest city in Broward County.”
As a senior at South Broward High School, James triumphed over the ACC by scoring an average of 21.5 PPG. She tallied nearly 2,500 points at the end of her high school career.
Her former Miami Hurricanes coach, Katie Meier, shared how elated she was to hear that James won the election. “She’s our leading scorer and she’s a mayor. This is what we’re trying to do at Miami,” Meier said. “It’s an inspirational message on a day when some of us needed some.”