McKeesport native part of Olympic basketball team, eyes 2nd gold



McKeesport native Swin Cash plans to enjoy her time at the London Olympics.

"It goes by so fast sometimes when you're so focused," Cash said.

Cash won Olympic gold in 2004 but was not selected for the 2008 Olympics. She's back on the team for 2012 and has her eyes on a second gold medal.

"I think what I'm looking forward to the most is spending time on the court with the ladies, but enjoying it with my family and friends that are coming," she said. "That's very special to me because this is my last go-around. I hope I can share it not only with people closest to me, but the ones that I've fought with for the last 10 years."

The U.S. Women's Basketball team played an exhibition game against Great Britain in England on Wednesday, winning 88-63. The U.S. team is the heavy favorite to win gold.

Cash plays for the Chicago Sky in the WNBA now, and has a long list of honors and awards since her days in Pittsburgh.

She helped the University of Connecticut win national titles in 2000 and 2002.

In her second year in the WNBA, Cash won a WNBA title with the Detroit Shock.

She received the Dapper Dan Sportswoman of the Year award twice in 2003 and 2007.

The Olympics are another dream come true.

"I don't know what that moment is going to be like, hopefully when we win the gold again," she said. "The emotions will probably take over. Let's just say if the tears are coming down, then the tears are coming down."

There is more to Cash than basketball, though. She founded Cash Building Blocks, LP, an urban development company that renovates and offers affordable homes for low-income families. She also founded Cash for Kids, with the mission to "motivate, educate and elevate kids."

You can learn more about Swin Cash and her foundations at or follow her on Twitter @SwinCash.