Misty Thomas

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Misty Thomas was a member of Canada’s National Basketball Team for 8 years, serving as captain of the team for 4 of those years. During the span of her career with the team, Canada experienced its finest hours including bronze medals at the World Championships in 1986 and the Pan American Games in 1983 and a fourth place finish in the 1984 Summer Olympic Games. Misty became the youngest individual ever inducted into the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame when they honoured her in 1998.

Misty also played at the University of Nevada – Las Vegas (UNLV), where she earned several individual honours including being a two-time All American, the first three-time First Team Academic All American in NCAA history and the National Student Athlete of the Year for women’s basketball.

Misty became the first female athlete to ever have their uniform number (#4) retired at UNLV, was inducted into the UNLV Hall of Fame in 1997 and was named Woman of the Year by the Women’s Sport Foundation of Nevada in 1998. In 1999, she was honoured as one of the Top 25 Athletes of the Century in the State of Nevada.

Almost 2 decades after retiring at the age of 24 due to multiple knee injuries, Misty was recruited to play wheelchair basketball and with her teammates won a World Championship in 2006 for Canada followed by a fifth place finish at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games.  Misty is the first and only Canadian to be both an Olympian and a Paralympian and one of only a handful of athletes to hold both of these titles worldwide.

Misty is a co-founder of the acclaimed Night Hoops program.