The St. Louis Surge Women’s Basketball 2018 season gets underway on May 20, so you might want to familiarize yourself with the all-star team of players. Meet #13 Rebecca Harris, who is heading into her fifth season with the team.
Harris first became involved with the Surge in 2010, but the team was under different ownership and management at the time.
“It just wasn’t ran very well,” she says. “I ended up walking away from that team and Khalia bought it shortly after. A couple years after that, once Khalia felt the image was completely changed, she tracked me down and opened that door again. It took a bit of convincing, but once I got a feel for everything Khalia was building with this team and the brand with all the support behind it, I was sold. I’ve had a pretty good professional basketball career and I love to play, so this opportunity was perfect for me to play at home in front of my family.”
Being a part of the Surge has opened some unexpected doors for Harris.
“It mainly opened up my eyes,” she says. “I get to be around friends turned family, which has given me a different sense of confidence to go after other things in my life. There are a lot of successful and ambitious people around us on a regular basis.”
To prepare for games, Harris lives by the motto, “If you stay ready, you don’t have to get ready.
“I spend a lot of time around basketball in many ways, whether I’m in the gym physically working out or watching game film,” she explains. “I’m always thinking about the next game, next practice, next opponent and next opportunity to learn or get better.”
With all the accolades the Surge has collected over the years, Harris is surprised many people haven’t heard of the team.
“We’ve won two championships in the past four years, we’re on billboards, have been on the news, and can be found in the papers and on the radio,” she says. “Any time I’ve ran into someone and we’ve held a conversation about the team, I extend an invite to attend a game.
“Without fail, the response I usually get is, ‘Oh my gosh, why didn’t I know about this before? Your games are so fun and exciting, I’ll definitely come back and I’m bringing some of my family and friends.’ And they usually do reappear with more friends and family, and I try my best to give them an experience they don’t forget.”
Harris says you’ll enjoy watching the Surge no matter who you are or whether you’re a fan of basketball.
“Our games have been known to have everyone on their feet and looking forward to the next opportunity they have to see us play,” she says. “For parents looking to take their kids to an event where they can be in a family friendly environment, cheer on professional athletes, take pictures and sign autographs, and feel engulfed in the atmosphere; Surge games are the place to be. I am looking forward to seeing all of our fans this summer at Washington University, to check out the St. Louis Surge women’s professional basketball team. They can start with Home Opener Saturday, June 9, at 7:05 p.m. Fans want to be sure it is on their calendars this summer.”
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit stlsurgebasketball.com. M