Swish Young was written into the Globetrotter history books when she was introduced as part of the team’s 2016 Rookie Class and became only the 14th female to join the Globetrotters in their 91-year history.
Swish’s father and uncle first introduced her to basketball at a young age. As a child, she watched them both compete in three-on-three street basketball tournaments around Philadelphia. Swish played her first game of organized basketball when she was only 7 years old.
Growing up in Philadelphia, she was also 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.
Her path to playing professional basketball didn't come easy, as a teenager, Swish suffered a knee injury that nearly derailed her basketball dream. “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 to have an opportunity to touch the lives of other people on an even grander scale. “I’m thankful that my position with the Globetrotters allows 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.”