Thursday, December 16, 2010

Meek's HOPE Update

If you've been away for a minute, we wanted to update you on Temeka Johnson's recent travels and experiences.. After a busy Thanksgiving time, where she spent helping serve those in need, and provide hope for those needing that extra push, she's now working hard before the Christmas holidays..

Currently out in Arizona, Meek has been lending a hand in the community.. While the off-season is dull for some, it's never dull for Meek.. Thus far she's been featured helping to build houses w/ Habitat for Humanity and the Phoenix Mercury team (and it's supporters).. You can read/view the Fox News report here:

Phoenix Mercury Players Donate Time Building a Home

Even bigger, though, she's keeping the Phoenix Mercury and WNBA name alive while giving the fans something to be excited about leading up to the season.. Just her face in the community, provides an extra boost to get fans through the long season of withdrawal from WNBA games.. She's meeting w/ coaches, fans, season ticket holders and more, during her week in the Phoenix area.. She's not stopping, either, with readings for the youth scheduled and other surprises! 

Be on the lookout for more, and we'll be sure to post pictures very soon!

Way to go Meek!

By: Fuzion Athlete Management

Thursday, November 18, 2010

WAFB Features Temeka and her book, "Decisions, Decisions, Decisions"

WAFB Channel 9 was kind enough to interview me about my latest project. Check out this feature on the news about me and my book "Decisions, Decisions, Decisions."

Monday, November 8, 2010

Magnolia Woods Elementary School Pizza Party!

WNBA’s Temeka Johnson & HOPE Foundation Will Host Magnolia Woods Elementary Pizza Party

WHO:             WNBA Phoenix Mercury / Former LSU Star PG Temeka Johnson, HOPE Foundation

WHAT:          Temeka Johnson and the HOPE Foundation will honor students that performed well on the LEAP Test with a surprise pizza party!

WHEN:          Wednesday, November 10, 2010

WHERE:        Magnolia Woods Elementary School, 760 Maxine Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808

TIME:             11:30AM – 12:30PM CST

MORE:        In honor of the students that exceeded LEAP Test score expectations, Temeka Johnson and the HOPE Foundation will show their support for the students by awarding the students with a surprise pizza party.

ABOUT:        Heaven Opens People’s Eyes (H.O.P.E.) was launched during the summer of 2008. The foundation was established by WNBA player, Temeka Johnson, to provide H.O.P.E. to people across the world. HOPE’s goal is to inspire youth, families and communities to reach their own goals and objectives and lead a more emotionally healthy lifestyle. for more information!

CONTACT:   Fuzion Athlete Management                          
773-359-3417 (office)               
                        On-Site Contact:
                        Ebonie Mathews

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Friday, October 29, 2010

Times-Picayune: Oct 28th, 2010

Check out the new article on my visit Washington Montessori in Kenner, La.! I had a blast. Read the article HERE.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Training Camp - On My Own

Marvin Harvey - One of the BEST in the game!
Hey there I know the past few blogs have been about me getting out into the community, but this one is about me taking some time to better myself. I have been away training with my new shooting coach that I have partnered up with to help me as well as many others bring their game to another level. His name is Marvin Harvey, he runs a ready, rhythm, release program (ALL PRO MASTER YOUR SHOT). It is something really special, its not just about your game, its not about basketball, shooting, its about so much more. When I am around him I am like a sponge, trying to soak up everything that he's sharing. We both have a passion for sharing and giving, teaching, and expanding. I am so happy that i met him and that I have the opportunity to spend some time. Knowledge is Power and I'm constantly learning. Hopefully Ill be able to pass it on to the many that come behind!

Check out the things I've been learning:

  • Shooting - technique and reviewing things that were taught before but needed some polishing up. Analysis on everything that I do, and being able to see what it is that you need to correct and get better at is such a good thing.
  • Ball Handling - control with the touch, as well as many different drills to implement what I am working on and what I need to work on. 
All I can say is that I really love it! So, I won't keep you all, just know that I working just as hard both on and off the court!

Until next time...


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Making Moments!!

Hey everyone, 

Today was another great day for me. I was blessed to be here another day, I am healthy and able to do things for myself, but of all, I was able to bless some kids today just by speaking with them. 

Today I went to speak with the kids at MAS East School. It is a small school in size, but the love and care that is expressed there supersedes that tremendously. This is Breast Cancer Week and they are putting on a big event to bring awareness to their students about the importance of knowing about it. I think this is great. There will be a parade, balloons, everyone will have on their pink to support it, and I know that it will be great. I am so happy that I am being used to help touch so many people. It is truly an honor of mine and I am so humbled by it all. It is so amazing how what some people may think is small, is really really BIG to someone else. I am learning everyday, and every moment that I get to spend with people that it is so not about me, but how and what I can do to help others.  And I love it.....

Until next time....


Tuesday, October 12, 2010


Check out this video from EmpowHER of me talking about the importance of goals:

I am currently writing a book on motivation and success titled "Meek's Little Book of HOPE" and one of the chapters is dedicated to goal setting. Goals are like preparation. Goals are things that we all set in life to purposely put together a game plan for ourselves. I like to think of my goals as “stepping stones” or “footprints”.

As a leader, I know that the goals I set, others may follow, so it’s about setting the right goals. Goals that take effort to achieve. Not something as simple as waking up and going to work, but goals that have more long-term meaning and get us to that next step in life. What goals can you set to get to the next level?

The key to my goal-setting formula is a simple little phase that Coach Gunter taught me -- "Dream hard!"

Friday, October 1, 2010

Family Literacy Night & Book Fair

Reading Meek Moments to the 2nd grade!

WOOOOOOOOOOOOW is how I will start this one off. 

If you are following me on Twitter @quickdeuce or on facebook Temeka Johnson you know that i went to Magnolia Woods Elementary last night! Magnolia is the first elementary school that I adopted and it was such a joy to go back to visit.  I was a guest tonight to the Literacy Book Fair. I had the opportunity to meet some new parents, as well as see the kids again. I was so happy and excited to see the turnout of parents that came out to support the book fair and encourage their kids to read more and more books. All the smiles and hugs that I got from the kids was such a joy to my heart. I had a blast today! I also got a chance to share my book - Meek Moments Decisions Decisions Decisions! Everyone loved it. I read to the 2nd and 5th grade kids, parents, and teachers. They loved it.  
As the evening began to wind down, the raffle that was being drawn throughout the night was approaching. There were some young adults there that are a part of this organization called City Year (there motto is Give a year "CHANGE THE WORLD" ) that was there to help with the auction prizes. These are some special young adults (they are called Corp Members) that serve full-time for 10 months, while providing more than 1700 hours of service.
 They serve in schools full time as tutors, mentors, role models, and leaders of after school programs. These young Individuals help students stay on track, or get back on track to graduate by improving their course performance, attendance, and behavior. I am so happy that they are apart of the same school that I am. For more information on this organization visit Overall I had a great time at the school and I pray that I can get back and do some things with the kids before I have to leave out. 

Oh yeah I did forget to mention that the students and the teachers were dressed up in their favorite characters. I saw the goldie locks and the 3 bears, superman, batman, witch, etc. It was great to see them all together and supportive, plus it was great fun!

Until next time...


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Old Friends and New Relationships

Zachery HS Basketball Team
Good morning everyone!

Yesterday I went to visit Zachery High School. Their Girls basketball team is being coached by one of our own, April Brown. April played for Coach Gunter at LSU a year before I got there and I must tell you that she was definitely a joy to watch. And definitely a shooter! Last week she had asked me to come by and speak to her kids, and of course you all know i was going to say yes. I have to tell you upon arrival I was really impressed with this high school. There is so much being put into this school to help better the kids education, as well as their physical education. Their football stadium was nonetheless impressive, but then I get to the gymnasium and the new floor that was being built with the pullout goal and the court actually being ninety four feet was super impressive. There is also a theater room being put in that the ladies will have for themselves and not share with the guys. I dont know about you all but to me that is a very big thing. I was so pleased to see a school care so much about their girls program as they do their boys.  After being shown around, I headed to the meeting room to address Coach Brown's Team. These young ladies were fun, well mannered, enjoyable, and pleasant if I may say so. 

As I began to speak, I spoke with them about teamwork. The importance of knowing that everyone that is a part of the team, whether they score 30 points or 1 point it is just as important. That they are sisters that are fighting a battle together and they never need to lose sight of that.

I touched on  hard work- going hard everyday, not just when people are watching you; all the time. That practices are hard and they are suppose to be hard, but the games are fun thats when you can showcase all that hard work that you have been putting in.

I touched on leadership- being that one that is going to stand up and stand out and not just sit back and allow your teammates to slack and not work hard. Knowing each other and their personality and know how to talk to each other at all times even in the heated moments.

There was so much that I got to say to them but the thing that I liked the most was that they asked questions. It started off with questions about my shoes LOL, Typical athletes, some would say! But if you know me you know that I do have a lot of them so that was an easy one. Then the questions went into conditioning, training, extra work, etc things that Coach Brown had already spoke with them about as well as put them through most of the things that we do, or did while at LSU so that went well.

They also asked the difference between the WNBA and College. And i told them that the game in the WNBA is a little more faster, physical, and a lot of travel. That is your job now, there is no one there telling you what to do and staying on you to do your job. That its not as family oreinted as the college level, but it is still family. In college you have to do almost everything together, dress the same, etc. In the W its ok if you dont go to certain things so to say, but the sisterhood and the bond is still there. 

Overall the visit went well. I cant wait to see them actually play. They all seemed like some fighters and I believe Coach Brown when she expressed to me how hard they work.

Until next time...


Monday, September 27, 2010

End of the Week

As you all know I have been a little busy last week, and I have filled you in on most of it. But I want to share the rest. On Thursday I went to the Grand Opening of the New LSU facility for both Men and Women's Basketball. I want to let you know that the place is unbelievable. Both teams now have their own practice facility which allows them to practice at the times that they feel is best. There is no sharing with other indoor sports and there is no need for trying to figure out what times works best for which sport - it is something really special! There are so many people that shed their sweat, blood and tears in the PMAC as well as in the Lady Tiger uniform and I am so happy that the women are starting to gain respect. It was a real honor to be there for such a great event. I know the current Lady Tigers will utilize that facility to the best of their ability! 

On Friday, I attended Washington Montessori School again lol, but this time it was to read Meek Moments: Decisions Decisions Decisions to the entire school. The students were so respectable, and they were very tuned in. After reading to them I asked them some questions about the book, my grandmother, and of course LSU and I gave away some HOPE wrist band and 2 of my LSU bobble head dolls to the kids that got the answers correct. It was a very pleasant moment for me. I really enjoyed the kids and I cannot wait to get back for my next event. I think the new principal there Mrs. Soniat, Secretary Mrs. Leslie, and all the teachers and staff at that school really care about those student and I am super happy to be able to bring some happiness and a little excitement to those kids. This week will be another full week for me and like I mentioned before I promise to keep you all updated. 

Until then........


Thursday, September 23, 2010

Busy Days

Great Baton Rouge Support Team!
Hey there! 

I told you all that I was going to start blogging more often. Here is what occurred yesterday.. 

My uncle came over to my house this morning to fix a couple of things for me. He did a little painting, and hung up some pictures and things which is something that I needed done for awhile LOL. It's so good to be home to get that accomplished! From there I went to have lunch with Stan Douglas and his daughter, as well as with Coach Starkey. I appreciate both of these men, for I know that they are in my corner 100%. We had a great meal at Cope Lands Restaurant and some great conversations. 

I always enjoy spending time with the people that I dont always get to spend time with, but know that they are always there for me. This was a great day, and I topped it off with a workout session, even though I am struggling with a little cold, but hey I have to get it in. This is what happens when you are around 1st graders all the time LOL I love it!

Until next time,


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A Busy Off-Season

My Mother Giving Away My Shoes To Students That Need Them
Hello everyone, I know I know I know it has been a while since I have updated you so let me start off by saying I truly apologize for that. But, get comfortable in your seats or wherever you are reading this because I have a lot to catch you all up on!

I know you all know that our season didn't end the way that we would have hoped, but believe me we did learn a lot about ourselves and we all will be working extra hard to come back and bounce back! Trust me on that one!

The day after we lost was my birthday and even though I was still upset, I was fortunate enough to share that day with some special ladies (Phoenix Mercury). I know that we were all feeling a certain way about the game but we still managed to come together and have a little fun. I love them ladies! And appreciate each and every one of them more than I can truly express.

After that I made my way back home, and it was such a bitter sweet time when I first got there but hey that's life. My mentor's (father figure/training coach), wife had passed away and I attended the funeral. I was sad while there but I was also happy, because I know Mrs. Williams is no longer suffering and that she is now resting in a peaceful place. Coach Williams is a strong man, and has been there for his two kids like none other. I'm so happy that we are in each others life. I learn so much from him, even when he is not trying to teach me. Love ya Coach.

Next on my plate was going back to the 1st grade. My little niece was not doing everything that she needed to be doing in school, and she was starting to somehow think that she can disturb the class and not listen to her teacher. So I went to her school and sat with her in her classroom. I refuse to allow her to settle for less and I want her to know that she can do better and be better! Sometimes kids just want to know that someone cares, and I'm here to let her know as well as show her that I do! I am proud to say that she is doing much better but is still a work in progress. But now her teacher sends good notes home for her instead of bad ones and my little niece is starting to have all of the confidence that she needs to continue to do well in school. I want to tell all the parents that are truly dedicated to their kids and their school work. I really tip my hat off to you because it is a lot of hard work. I can also tell you that my respect level for teachers have gone up even more, as well. I have watched firsthand teachers taking out the time with some kids that just don't seem to get it, or not getting much help from home, etc. But these teachers really want to try and help these kids. That in itself is extremely difficult because of the number of students in each class, plus it is difficult to stop and help 11 or 12 students when the others are getting it and catching on to the material. If there is no assistant to assist, then the larger the class, the more the students fall back. It's sad but very understandable. (Parents, teachers are doing so much to help out our children, why don't we show the same concern?) I am a firm believer that it takes a village to raise a child and even though we have gotten away from that motto, the teachers are still holding up their end of it. And as a product of that myself I truly am thankful to those teachers that are still doing that. Ok I may have gotten off the subject a little, but I needed to share that with you all. THE KIDS OF TODAY ARE THE KIDS OF TOMORROW! They are our future! Let's do better by them as a whole everyone!

Ok ok ok I'm off of that, I will tell you about my birthday gathering that I had this past weekend. Yes it is a little late but I had asked that it get pushed back and so glad that I did. My Grandmother's only living Sister was there and I was so happy to see her. I got to see a lot of my family that I hadn't seen in years, as well as some that I had not even met yet. It was such a beautiful day. Everyone enjoyed themselves and had a great time. I spent most of the day catching up with everyone, and of course playing with all the kids. I played football, jumped in the space walk, played basketball, and did a little racing. Yes, all of that, and best believe I was extremely tired when I got home! LOL. But the kids were super excited so you all know that made me happy.

From there I went on to do some cleaning and my mom came to my house with me. I went through so much stuff that was just sitting in my closet that I had never even worn. The tags and everything were still on them. As my mom stood there shaking her head at me I just kept handing her the things that I didn't want. After I went through all the clothes, I then went through my shoes. I was able to give her at least 35 pairs of shoes that I had sitting in my closet that I was not going to wear. I was so happy to have her and my sisters there because I would have panicked without their help. I'm not sure if many of you know, but my mom drives the school bus (yes its a family thing we all have a passion for kids) and she was happy to be able to bring some of the kids that she knew needed things, some things that they can really use. So that made me very happy knowing that it will help someone out that definitely needs it.

Don't worry I'm coming to an end. I want to finish up by letting you know that I will be doing some readings of my book Decisions Decisions Decisions (Meek Moments) to Washington Elementary (my Grandmother's school), and Magnolia Woods Elementary - my adopted elementary school. I am looking forward to this event! I will also be meeting with some other people about my book, as well as trying to promote it some more. I am going to try to hit up every book store that I come across and see if they are willing to carry it in stores. Right now you can order it off of,, and, which is a great accomplishment in itself. You can also get it off of - my website. I am working hard everyone, and I know with you all's help I can really do well with this book.

I want to thank Coach Starkey who has been in my corner since day one. He always manages to come through for me with whatever it is that I need him to. I have some things in the works while I am at home. I will fill you all in as it comes together.

Ok I'm done for now, I appreciate you taking the time to read this lengthy blog, but I felt like you all deserved to know. Also I will do a better job of keeping you all updated. I will try to blog at least once a week, or as soon as I do something. You all help me be who I am and I truly appreciate you.

Until next time,


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Tuesday, August 24, 2010 Feature on Meek Moments

Here's another one, everyone! Kelley Carter of interviewed me about the book, and it came out great! Check for it here!


Friday, August 20, 2010 Front Page Feature

Check me out on the front page of! I was interviewed for my Meek Moments children's book!

WNBA Feature

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

White House Visit Blog in France

Special thanks to Marion Darnet and Romain Chaib for showing me love in France for my White House Visit!

Lady Hoop Article

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

First Lady's "Let's Move" Blog!

Also, our First Lady - Michelle Obama - also highlighted my blog on her Let's Move website!!! This is amazing! I am blessed!!!

Let's Move Blog

White House Blog!!!

Check it out everyone!!! The White House asked me to blog about my experience, and here it is!!!

White House Blog

SB Nation - Seth Pollack Article

Check out what Seth Pollack had to say about Temeka visiting President Obama and the White House!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Meek Moments Children's Book - Coming Soon!

I know that you all have been waiting, but the time is near!

I am so proud to announce that my Meek Moments: Decisions, Decisions, Decisions book will soon be available to all of you! Today we now have a special pre-order link for the launch on August 1st! You can click here to order the special Meek Moments Book Launch Deal that includes a signed book and bookmark for $25! The book will be available online through, AuthorHouse, Barnes &, and more.

I am so proud to have a book that kids will enjoy, and I'm also proud that the proceeds will go directly to the Jewel Johnson Scholarship Fund! If you're in Phoenix, we will have a special launch party and dedication at my game against the Chicago Sky, and a special post-game book launch and reception at Majerle's on August 1st! More details to come!

Today is a big day for me and the HOPE Foundation, and I hope you are excited as we are!


Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Straight to the Point Gala - Update

What's going on?????

Just wanted to remind everyone about my Straight to the Point Charity Gala THIS THURSDAY in Phoenix!!! You don't want to miss it! Listen to my teammate, Ketia Swanier, and her foundation - - and myself with my HOPE Foundation, discuss our upcoming events and programs that we are bringing to the Phoenix community. We'll have special invited guests, give-aways, a Championship auction w/ signed memorabilia, foundation dedications, live entertainment, food, drinks and more.

Join us - you won't regret it! For tickets:

Fuzion Cares

See you all on Thursday!!!


Thursday, May 6, 2010

Straight to the Point Gala

WNBA World Champions Temeka Johnson & Ketia Swanier Join Forces for their 1st Annual Straight to the Point Gala for Charity


WNBA World Champion Phoenix Mercury PGs Temeka Johnson & Ketia Swanier, HOPE Foundation, Ketia4Kidz Foundation & Fuzion Cares


1st annual Straight to the Point Gala to benefit the HOPE Foundation (Temeka Johnson) and Ketia4Kidz Foundation (Ketia Swanier)


Thursday, May 13th


The Clarendon Hotel – Rooftop – Phoenix, AZ


6:30PM – 10PM


Join the Champions as they spend a night celebrating their foundation successes, highlighting key programs and events for the Arizona community, and raising funds for ongoing community opportunities. The night will be filled with surprise guests (members of the Arizona Cardinals, Mercury teammates and more), music, food, drinks, give-aways, dedications and a special silent auction of signed memorabilia. This unique affair is highlighted by attendees wearing elegant attire accompanied by their favorite pair of sneakers! All proceeds from the event (tickets and auction) will be split evenly between both foundations. Tickets are available for $100 (tax-deductible) at Media passes are available – contact Fuzion Athlete Management.


Heaven Opens People’s Eyes (H.O.P.E.) –Temeka Johnson’s Foundation

Ketia4Kidz Foundation – Ketia Swanier’s Foundation


Fuzion Athlete Management
773-359-3417 (office)

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

NEWS ALERT - HOPE Foundation WNBA Season Calendar

News Alert * News Alert * News Alert

WNBA World Champion Temeka Johnson & HOPE Foundation Will Unveil New Commemorative WNBA Calendar for Charity

WHO: WNBA World Champion Phoenix Mercury PG Temeka Johnson, HOPE Foundation

WHAT: 1st annual Temeka Johnson Weekend to focus on giving back, education, and community involvement throughout the New Orleans and Baton Rouge area; Will also include WNBA championship festivities!

WHEN: Saturday, May 15th – Available Online on April 30th!!!

WHERE: Global


MORE: To highlight a concentrated effort on bringing fans closer to the WNBA Champion, the WNBA and the endeavors of the foundation, H.O.P.E. created a commemorative calendar specifically for the WNBA season. After winning the championship and establishing her off-the-court brand, Ms. Johnson continues to find ways to interact with the communities across the world. The calendar will help fundraising efforts for the foundation, as all proceeds benefit the foundation. With the goal of raising $25,000 by December 2010 for the Jewel Johnson Scholarship Fund, the Mercurial Champion is starting the season off with her “Face of HOPE” calendar. The calendar is a mixture of on the court (WNBA and overseas) and off the court imagery related to Temeka. The 11x17 full color calendars are available for $20, and the first 50 will be autographed by Ms. Johnson.

ABOUT: Heaven Opens People’s Eyes (H.O.P.E.) was launched during the summer of 2008. The foundation was established by WNBA player, Temeka Johnson, to provide H.O.P.E. to people across the world. HOPE’s goal is to inspire youth, families and communities to reach their own goals and objectives and lead a more emotionally healthy lifestyle. for more information!

Fuzion Athlete Management
773-359-3417 (office)
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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Visitors from Home!!!

Hello everyone!! There has been so much stuff going on, I am not even sure where to begin!!! I will start with whats been going on over here.

About to a week and a half ago I had my Marketing/Business Manager (Quency and FAM) over here with me, and it was awesome to see them. We had a ton of fun, Quency fried some chicken and stuff for us (which, by the way everyone, was really good), we played cards, and also Taboo. Quency and I even got in the gym and had a shootout. It was good to see him on the court. Naw, he can play yall. I know he will give me a little heat about this but its all fun. I did beat him pretty bad, though. I know he will want his revenge, so we will be playing again probably during training camp. I think he knows that he'll have to bring his A game!! From there we went on to Paris and enjoyed that scenery. The FAM enjoyed themselves so all in all I was happy.

After saying good bye to them it was time to channel my attention on finishing the regular season. We were facing the number one team in France, and it has been a long time since our club has beaten them. So on the road we go; 8 hours away. Although it was a long ride, it didnt matter because we knew we needed to win this game in order to obtain 4th place. So there was some extra motivation, so to say. We accomplished our goal and won the game, not only did we win the game but we won by 17 on the opposing team's floor. It was a total team effort. Lenae Williams, my teammate here and possibly in Phoenix, dropped 30 pts, and I followed her with 17. The coach and everyone in the club was super happy.

Now there are a couple of days before we played again, but this time we are playing the French Cup game, and yes we have to play Tarbes again, that same number one team, but this time at a neutral site. During these couple of days we were lodging at what we the players have just summed it up as STRAIGHT SUMMER CAMP. The set up was really nice they had a gymnasium, weight room, training place for rowing, pool etc., but there was nothing in the town, and there was not 1 store close to where we were. Now the exciting stuff starts to happen.

It close to dinner and we are all getting ready. Everyone was speaking of how hungry they were and everything. We sit down and we start off with a salad, then for the entree the lady brings out a couple of bowls of mashed potatoes with fish smashed into it. ( HUH ) We were like "what is this?". Then we asked where was the meat and she brought out 6 piece of cold cut ham and it was like 11 of us. For dessert there was yogurt.

I didnt think that anything else could have surprised me that day. As soon as we got up to go back to our rooms, they were like you have to clean off the table and bring the dishes to the back! We were like "what kind of hotel is this?". LOL from that point on we knew we were in summer camp. All the meals were prepared already and there was no changing them. The next day, I wont bore you too much with all the details, just know that we were fed fish pies (I think it is supposed to be similar to pot pies) and they had cheese in it. I think I literally lost 5 pounds in those 2 1/2 days.

Now on to the french cup. This is the Semi Finals and the winner advances to the championship game that is played in Paris in front of 15000 fans. It is a huge event and all of us were excited about it, but the french players were beyond excited and that is to be expected. We started the game out really well, and by half time we were only down by 5. This is the same Tarbes team that we had just beaten, but they were just as hungry to get to Paris as our team and it showed. They played more physical and more together than before and they were not backing down. They came out throwing punches and instead of throwing them back we surrendered and ended up losing. Not just losing by 5 or 6 pts but by 20. I have to admit they played well and they do have a pretty good team.

Now for the start of the playoffs, oh i didnt tell you all, we play Tarbes again. The first place team has to play the 4th place team. Can you say that we know each other very well? I think I can but you know for me its exciting I love a challenge and this team definitely brings that.

So, I know everyone is paying attention to the volcanic ash story. Well, all of us WNBA players are DEFINITELY paying CLOSE attention! We want to get home! We want to be home!!! But I'm seeing that Air France is leading the way, and has started to fly people out. I'm hoping that there will be no problems when I leave at the end of the month. I can't wait to get back to Baton Rouge and New Orleans to do some HOPE Foundation stuff (I have a Teacher Appreciation lunch on May 4th) and then back to Phoenix to defend the championship! More on that later!!!

OK everyone thank you for taking the read this lengthy blog, I will keep you posted on what happens throughout this upcoming series.


Thursday, March 25, 2010

Reaching Back..

Hey guys!!

I just wanted to share with you what a great time I had with the younger French team. They invited myself as well as the other American (Lenae Williams) over for dinner, and i have to tell you they can truly cook!!!

They prepared chicken, fish, rice, red sauce, sweet potatoes, and fried bananas. Then they gave us a delicious fruit bowl and then served chocolate cake. It sounds like a lot huh? That's because it was. I was so full. After eating the dancing began (and i can tell you that i did learn a thing or two from them about how to move), but i can tell you that i would not be able to do that for sure. It was fun while it lasted though!!!

They were so happy and excited that we actually took time to visit with them, but I honestly think that it is something that we should always do. I think that we are true role models to ALL young women, not just the ones in our country, so I was ecstatic to be there. I was a fun time and a good bonding time. Thanks ladies hope we get to do it again soon sometime!


Monday, March 15, 2010

HOPE in France!!

Hey there everyone,

I know that I haven't spoken with you all in a while, but I am sure you can pretty much guess what I have been doing! Well I hope your answer was me working on my game, because that's what I have been doing for the most part. Being that we are down to playing one game a week, it has been a little boring so I took it upon myself to purchase another Nintendo Wii and I have to tell you that I am no joke on that Super Mario Bros! It has taken up the time that I have to just chill, and I have found it to be very fun, not too much relaxing though at times lol.

Some other things that I have been doing I think you all will truly appreciate it, and that is spreading H.O.P.E.! I went to visit a children's hospital and sat with some sick kids. It was something like a make a wish program and I had a blast. I have said this before and I will say it again. It doesn't matter what race, what sex, what country, time (one hour or 30 minutes), etc, you can always give someone HOPE. Now although I didn't say much of anything to these kids, as you can see, we still had a blast. I didn't understand them, and they didn't understand me, but the smiles shows something totally different and that's what it is truly about.

I can tell you that I really like it here and that I am glad that I had the opportunity to play here; it has really been fun. And since I am on the subject about playing I guess I should be telling you all about how we are doing here huh? Well to be honest we are doing really well, we are still winning and just yesterday we beat Nante to advance in the French Cup, which I think is a good thing for our squad. We have like 5 more games before playoffs start and we are surely looking to continue to play the way that we have been and finishing up regular season strong. I am going to continue to get better as well. For myself and of course for you guys. I know that you are just as excited about the W as I am. I will be returning for the first time officially as a champion (bc I am already a champion no matter what) and it feels great. And i will be looking to defend that title. So I will be talking to you all soon.


Monday, March 1, 2010

Tough Losses..

Hello Everyone!

I know that it has been a little while since I have last wrote to you, but I was still celebrating that Who Dat moment as well as trying to keep our team on a winning streak. I have come to a few bumps in the road with spraining my ankle in one of our euro-cup games about 2 weeks ago, and was forced to miss the French League game that we really needed to win. I was upset about the loss, but I did get to see my former college teammate/roommate (Hanna Biernacka Bouldin) which made the trip even more worthwhile. We ended up losing that game, but my teammates fought really hard and it was a close battle. We played without our other American, Lenae Williams, that is on our team. They call us the American Duo.

I guess you can say that somehow we have managed to play well together, despite ever knowing one another. After that we faced the team from Germany that we were playing in the Euro-cup and they were fortunate enough to beat us and advance to the Final Four. I was fairly upset, but knew that under different circumstances the game may have had a different outcome. I will say that I wasn't 100%, but I will not let that be an excuse! I'll just give the German team their credit and move on.

I had gotten used to winning here because that's what we have been doing since I got here, but this was a wake up call for us. We cannot and will not get comfortable. So this past weekend we had a big game against Nante, a team here in France that was currently holding our place in the top four and we needed to beat them. And guess what y'all WE DID!

The club was very happy and well pleased, and so were we. We don't have another game unti Saturday, so this will allow a lot of us time to rest. Trust me when I say that it is all needed. Don't like the fact that we are now down to playing one game a week, but to be honest it actually helps my body with providing it with some form of rest. It will also give me more time to go visit more things here. I am anxious to get to the American Cemetery, The Mount Michelle (I think that is right) and a few other places. I know that i will be able to get to those two for sure - anything else would be great.

I hope you all are doing well and that you are just as excited about the upcoming WNBA season as I am. I know that many of you are anxiously waiting for all the Free Agent stuff to be over, so am I. I am sure it will all be over soon. Let me know your thoughts I will be looking for your responses.

Until next time....


Monday, February 8, 2010

Guess Who's Back??

Hello everyone - I know that it has been a while, but there has been a lot going on. I know you all are like "yeah yeah yeah what else is new!", but I think I like to wait for a lot of things to build up so that I can share it with you all at once! LOL! OK, so come along for the ride.

After arriving in Mondeville, France, things started out very smoothly. We were on a winning streak, and everyone was happy. Then all of a sudden my French license was suspended due to me not getting my physicals completed in the applicable amount of time. Now i know all of you are like "why not?", but it was just something that occurred and with us traveling and playing and the Doctor not showing up for one of the appointments, time just slipped away before we knew it. I have to make sure that I tell you that it had nothing to do with the Club. This is not a mistake on their part at all. I really like this club and they are very professional - this just happened to be a mistake made by all of us. The USO Mondeville Club have been on top of everything since day one, but there is nothing that they can do if the Federation steps in.

So with that going on the team had to leave and head out to Turkey where they faced Americans, Courtney Paris and Sharnee Zoll, in Euro-Cup. While there, the team put up a great fight but came up a little short. They lost them by 9 points. I was extremely happy and proud of them, as they had gotten down by 33 at one point and to bring it to 9 gave us hope to beat them the following week. (some don't really understand Euro-Cup rules so its like this: you play a team twice and to win you have to just flat out beat them of course, or if you split the games you have to beat them by more than what they beat you by and vice versa)

So with that being said, we played Courtney's team again this past Thursday, and I had just got my license back to play. Needless to say I had a lot of energy built up for not being able to play with the team for two games (the other was a French league game) so I was really ready for this game. We jumped out on the team (Botas) really fast and we didn't look back. We got it up to a 21 point lead, and they fought like any competitor would do and brought it to within 8, and then we ended it with a 16 point victory. I finished the game with 22pts, 5asts, 6rebs, 4stls, and 1 to. I must say that's not a bad stat line - LOL, but what was most important was that we won and advanced which is something that the club hasn't been able to do in the past. So we are now in the Final Eight of 64 I believe. So that's one part of it now on to the next.

After our game and all the excitement from the fans and the players; Coach gave us two days off. I am telling you, this is very RARE LOL. But a couple of us jumped in the car and came on down to Paris, which is 2 hours away. Now I have to start out by saying that Paris is definitely a city of Love! I was kind of "hating" on the people that were there with their significant others but I got over it soon. I will have that same thing SOME DAY SOON. LOL!! Anyways after getting to Paris at about 1 am after our game, my teammates and I checked into our hotel which was the Hotel Eiffel Rive Gauche and went off to sleep. The next morning we got up and headed out on the town.

Our first stop was the Eiffel Tower. We got there pretty early so the line was not that long. I actually got to go to the top so that worked out perfect. It was so beautiful being able to look out over Paris from there. It was such an awesome site. From there went to Notre Dame the Church, and it was also another beautiful site which has so much history in it. The actual building that it is in, is amazing. Like more than half the building in Paris, the details of the architecture is awesome. I love the buildings! They are so in-depth with different designs and things. Next up was the Louvre.

Now I have to tell you this is the biggest museum that I have ever come across and I was not able to see the entire thing. You would probably need at least 6-7 hours plus to finish the entire thing. But I did get to see the Mona Lisa!!! How can you come all the way to Paris, go to the Louvre and not see the Mona Lisa? We were so exhausted after seeing all that, we took the boat back to the hotel to rest up a little bit. After a little nap, we went on to Hard Rock Cafe. I know you all are like "why would you go to Paris and go to Hard Rock?" But I was craving some American food, and man was it good!!! We then walked the strip of Champs-Elysee - it's the strip with all the stores and everything. Then we called it a night!

The next morning we went to go and shop. Due to the rain we started out at Galleria Lafayette. This place has everything - any designer that you are looking for, you can find in there, it was pretty neat. Then we went back on the strip and hit up Niketown, (how could you not?) and then grabbed a bite to eat. We also went to the Arc de Triomphe. After climbing 248 stairs it was worth it to see Paris at night time on top of the Arc, where you can see 9 different streets and and everything going on at the same time. It was actually pretty nice! I can tell you that there wasn't enough time for me to see everything so I will have to make another trip there. We only had two days off and then we had to get back that Sunday for practice but over all it was a great experience and I really enjoyed it!!!!!!


Now on to those NEW ORLEANS SAINTS!!!

Man man man I am so happy for them and the city. I wish I was home right now to celebrate with everyone but since I can't, don't worry I will celebrate and chant WHO DAT all the way from France! I stayed up the entire time here in France to witness that HISTORY, and it couldn't have been any better. Although the Saints got off to a slow start, they kept their poise and kept on fighting. Drew Brees really led his team, but I think I was more impressed with his character and his faith. To hear him speak after the game was remarkable and I am now and forever a Drew Brees fan. Not that I wasn't before but man!!!!! He really showed great class. All I can think about when the clock was running down was how it felt for me when I was waiting for them zero's to hit the clock. To win my first championship this season, and to witness the Saints win their first championship ever was amazing for me and the city. I am so happy and proud of my city.

My family was screaming and yelling and dancing and having fun. They also said that the city was at peace - no fighting, no arguing or anything, just everyone joining together to have a great time. That's what it's all about, and to be a part of something such as sports and to be able to do what the Saints did. Bring an entire state, not just the city, but the state together is a great feeling. I know that the WHO DAT NATION will be rocking for a long time now. I have already put in my request to receive my WHO DAT shirt so that I can wear it out here in France. Everyone here will be wearing I Love Paris or France shirts and I will be wearing that black and gold Who Dat!!!!!!!

I do want to say that LSU was represented well last night. Congratulations to Joseph Addai and the Colts for making it back, but also to Randle Gay for getting another ring, Devry Henderson and Marlon Favorite for getting their first one. I am proud to be a Tiger and most of all I am proud to be from the City of New Orleans and the state of Louisiana.


Monday, January 18, 2010

So Thankful!! Happy MLK Jr., Day!!

Today is a day of thanks! There are so many things that I am thankful for that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has provided for me and so many others. I'm over in France with great teammates and learning different languages and cultures. I know that this would not have been possible if it wasn't for Dr. King. I'm traveling the world, I'm a WNBA Champion, I have my HOPE Foundation! I am truly blessed, y'all!!

Today is about service, and coming together, and today I'll be with my teammates to bond. I'm hoping that all of you will be with family, friends, and loved ones on this day as well, working to make this world a better place for everyone.

My thoughts and prayers are with those in Haiti and affected by the earthquake in Haiti, as well as with everyone out there spending this day providing service to those in need. Go out and BE/MAKE a difference!!

Take care everyone!


Thursday, January 14, 2010

HOPE Matters - Haiti Donation

Hey everyone!!!

I wanted to let you all know that my foundation (HOPE Foundation) is going to be supporting those in need in Haiti. We are going to join w/ UNICEF to send goods over to Haiti, but I want to take it a step further and send some HOPE tshirts over the the children at St. Damien Children's Hospital in Haiti.

If you want to join us in support, you can purchase a shirt for $15 and it will be sent in our care package on January 25th! Please use the link below to purchase a shirt, and your name will be included in the HOPE Inquirer care package that will be sent to St. Damien. I hope to visit Haiti if I have time to do a bit more, but while I'm in France, I wanted to make sure that we did something on behalf of HOPE.

Thanks for listening everyone!!


Friday, January 8, 2010

News From France!!

Temeka Johnson is the official replacement for Caroline Aubert at USO Mondeville.

She is a member of the 2009 WNBA champion, Phoenix Mercury, and has played in the WNBA since 2005.

She played for Maccabi Ashdod in Israel this season and averaged per game 13 points and 5.6 assists in 30 minutes.

Johnson has already made her début in a friendly match against Roche Vendée (82-48).

Her arrival ended Belgium international Marjorie Carpreaux' short stay at the club.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

#28 LSU Tigers Players of the Decade

Check out the article below!!

30 Greatest Tigers of the Decade: #28 Temeka Johnson

by Poseur on Jan 3, 2010 12:00 PM CST

#28 Temeka Johnson

Temeka Johnson is the greatest point guard in LSU's history. She won the Lieberman Award her senior year, 2005, awarded to the nation's top point guard. She guided LSU to the Final Four every year she was a starter, and graduated with just about every record for assists one can imagine. She went on to the WNBA success and won a national title with the Mercury.

But, really, we can't not talk about The Turnover. It's a shame that someone as accomplished as Jonhson will always be remembered first not for all of the great plays she made, but for one mistake. In the semifinals against Tennessee in 2004, LSU slowly lost its lead and found itself tied at 50 with 6 seconds to play. Johnson, playing through an injury, made a bad pass in the backcourt, turning the ball over. The Lady Vols put in an uncontested layup off the giveaway and won 52-50. It is easily the most painful loss in LSU women's basketball history.

So let's look at the great things Temeka did for the program. First and foremost among them, she arrived as a partial qualifier in 2000 and was therefore required to sit out the 2000-2001 season. Instead of compalining, Temeka worked hard in the classroom and graduated in August of 2004, earning an extra year of eligibility.

And what an extra year. Johnson did everything she could to avenge that loss in 2004, and earned the aforementioned Liberman Award and All-American honors en route to setting the SEC record for career assists. Beware arbitrary end points, but LSU's media guide notes she is the only player in LSU history with 1000 points, 500 assists, and 50 rebounds. Which is even more absurd when you think that she was a small 5'3".

On a team dominated by the frontcourt stars, Johnson's guiding hand kept the team on track. She was overshadowed by Augustus and Fowles, but she was every bit as important of a cog in those great teams. No, they never won the national title, but consistent greatness is never truly appreciated. Four straight Final Fours is a tremendous accomplishment, one that was made possible by the greatest point guard we ever had the good fortune to have.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!!

Hello everyone and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!

I know that it has been some time since I have posted a blog, but as you all know I have been a little busy. But mostly trying to spend as much time with my family as possible. The Christmas holiday was great. I got to spend the day with my family and enjoy the day. I had them all over my house before we went to go and see Alvin and the Chipmunks at the movies. THE KIDS LOVED IT (and so did I shhhhhhhhhhh).

Anyways, from there I had to hop on a plane and head over to France - where I am now. It is fairly cold, but it is rather nice. My teammates have been real cool so far and the coach seems to know what it is that he is talking about, so I am interested in seeing how this will work out. I think it can be the beginning of a beautiful relationship. We shall see!!!!!!!!!.

Anyway let me talk to you about what goes on here in France for the new year. On New Year's Eve everyone has a party and each person has to wear a costume. Now, when they fist told me this, I was like NO WAY - I am not participating in this! This is not what I signed up for LOL. But I didn't want to start out being a Party Pooper, so I went and rented a costume.

I was (are u all ready for this??) a French Maid! lol

My teammates didn't know what I was going to be, except for one, so I told them that I was coming as a basketball player. With that said, they were all thinking that I wasn't going to participate. But when I walked in they were all surprised and very happy. We had a blast!

I will keep you all posted on things here. Until then, have a safe and blessed day today and be thankful for being blessed with another year!!!!!

PS: Thank you all for following me and supporting me throughout 2009 I only hope for the same and more for 2010 I cannot do it without you. Thanks again!