Swish Young was written into the Globetrotter history books when was introduced as part of the team’s 2016 Rookie Class and became the 14th female to join the Globetrotters in their 91 year history.
Swish grew up in Philadelphia and was inspired by local icon and former NBA star Allen Iverson. The former 76er had a tremendous influence on Swish’s playing style. “I’ve always wanted to have a crossover just like him,” she said.
However, it was Swish’s dad and uncle who first introduced her to the game of basketball. When she was a child she watched them compete in three-on-three street basketball tournaments around the city. Swish played her first game of organized basketball at the age of 7.
As a teenager, Swish suffered a knee injury which nearly threw her off her path of playing professionally one day. “This was the most challenging moment of my life. My injury required two ACL reconstruction surgeries within a span of six months. At first I thought it was all over, but a little voice within told me not to give up, so I didn’t and I worked harder than ever before to rehab my knee,” she said.
Swish attended Philadelphia University where she had a stellar four-year career. With the Rams she totaled 1,067 career points, was named the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) player of the year in 2016 and helped lead her team to a CACC championship her senior year.
At Philadelphia University, she earned a degree in psychology – an interest which stems from her passion for helping others. As a Globetrotter, she is thrilled that she’ll be able to touch the lives of other people on an even grander scale.
“I’m thankful that my position with the Globetrotters will allow me to exercise two of my passions. I get to play basketball and put smiles on the faces of fans every day.”
Outside of basketball, Swish considers herself adventurous and competitive with a passion for travel. In fact – one of her life goals is to travel to every continent. If she had an opportunity to appear on any TV show, she would like to appear on “The Amazing Race.”