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In 5 w/Fey: Milwaukee Aces Women's Basketball Team Owner & iHeart Radio Sports Host, Coach Bernell Hooker




           WNBA President Lisa Borders and Coach "B"
              (Coach Bernell Hooker, Owner, Milwaukee Aces)




   (A few members of the Milwaukee Aces Basketball Team)


by Fey Ugokwe, Esq. Twitter: @pinkpurseintl

And when you have lift, you have life--racing and hurtling, and reaching for things up and knocking them through...over and under and up again, skin whiz and gliding and breath in your ears--until goal. And such is Basketball, and such is often the quality of being a human being. But there are wizards; modern-day senseis--yodas--who train others, with their long-tooth and decades of skill, to live and thrive by that net, and win every time. Coach "B"--Bernell Hooker--is onesuch of those mythicals, legendary Milwaukee NCAA Women's Basketball Coach-turned Owner of the Milwaukee Aces Women's Professional Basketball Team; pioneering and passionate host of an iHeart Radio Women's Sports talk show; and dedicated head of IOU, a nonprofit dedicated to education, STEM, and the betterment of girls through sport. We re-connected after what seemed eons, and here is her take on these jubilant but jarring days for women:

Q. What seemed the most insurmountable obstacle you faced at the outset, of your journey as a woman in your industry, how did you overcome it—and what advice do you have for the new women rising behind you?

Thank you Fey for this opportunity. The many hats I wear...I’m the owner of the Milwaukee Aces Professional Women’s Basketball Team (Global Women’s Basketball Association); I'm the producer and host of the first Women Talk Sports show on iHeartRadioTheBig920AM 
(#WomenBusinessSports), and a podcast. I'm also the founder and CEO at IOU Sports, a nonprofit that provides a unique, cultural, educational, and athletic experience for girls and Women, and the producer of the IOU Sports YouTube Show.  

It’s amazing how people view Women’s Sports. The Women’s Sports industry is in its early stages--which is recognizing that there is one. And there are so many organizations and Women-owned businesses working on their own, instead of collaborating and working together.  My obstacle is having to sell the importance of Women's Sports and the benefits it has on girls. Thirdly, is reminding Women of their sports history/background, even if it wasn’t on the professional level or you didn’t get a scholarship.  Once an athlete, always an athlete no matter the level. When I use this quote, “Think of yourself as an athlete. I guarantee you it will change the way you walk, the way you work, and the decisions you make about leadership, teamwork, and success," (Mariah Burton Nelson), they get it. It takes them back and a smile comes on their faces.  There’s power in sports.

My advice for the women behind me, never deviate or stop following your dream or passion.  Stay on your path and stay in your lane. 



Q. What three things have you found to be the most challenging about being a woman, generally, in the 21st century—and where do you desire to see or effect substantial change in the status of women?

This question is like what came first the chicken or the egg.  In my case, what do you see first, a Woman or me being Black. There are so many challenges but these are my today challenges. My major challenge is obtaining funding, period. You can’t grow a business without it. We need more corporations, and Women in positions, to invest.

Second, Woman are caregivers, moms, entrepreneurs and employees, we do it all. Realize, you can’t. Learn to delegate. It’s hard to share your vision when others don’t see it, but don’t expect to be all. 

Lastly, keep like-minded and positive people around you. I find it interesting as Women, we don’t believe in ourselves, nor do we think BIG. Stay positive and uplifting.



Q. What self-care and/or work/life balance tips do you have for some of the women of this world?

Take time for yourself. Watch a movie, go out for coffee or a meal alone or with friends.  Take a walk in a park. Take a drive. Take advantage of the simple pleasures in life. Relax your mind, get your rest and exercise some type of way every day. 


(Coach B with Cecilia Gore, Ex Director of the Milwaukee Brewers Foundation)

Q. What New Year’s Resolution have you already faithfully fulfilled, to date of this summer month—and which one have you jettisoned, if any, and why? 

Great question, yes I fulfilled two out of three, LOL. My goals that were accomplished (and I continue to work on them) are: 1. Posting more to social media about resources that I know will help #WomenBusinessSports and my wider networks; 2. Nurture and strengthen my network, building a community of people who want to grow their organization/programs, and help others grow theirs. Lastly, I was reminded to start making positive message videos. Haven’t done that yet, but I will. I have to get over that I’m not photogenic, and go ahead and get it done!


(Coach B on Her iHeart Women's Sports Radio Show at The Big920)

Q. What pivotal projects are you working on now, and/or do you have swiftly upcoming—and how can your new fans follow you on your innovative, pink path?

I have many projects: The Milwaukee Aces Pro Women’s Basketball Team is in the playoffs, and will complete 4 years. iHeart Radio wants to renew the Women Talk Sports Show. So, we’ll take a break after August 25 and will return in October. I’m changing IOU Sports to a community engagement platform for organizations and Women-owned businesses. I’m planning a networking mixer for IOU Sports' 16 years as an organization. I'm also rebuilding our website and creating a Girls and Women’s Sports Alliance group.  My most celebrated project is raising funds for the new IOU Sports Fund: Grants dedicated to creating opportunities for girls and Women to participate in sports, and encouraging lifetime appreciation of, and career exploration in, athletics. Funding can be used for coaching, curriculum, equipment, uniforms, transportation, facility rental, tournaments and/or team-building activities, all while fostering the benefits of leadership, self-esteem, confidence, and perseverance.

Like and Follow IOU Sports on IG, FB, Twitter and LinkedIn. Watch out for the new relaunch of our website www.iousports.org in October!
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