It was love at “first shot” when young Lindsey Harding’s father introduced her to her first live pro basketball game. Growing up in Houston, Texas, Harding’s future was cinched after Michael Harding, then CEO of Anheuser-Busch, bought season tickets for his daughter to see the Comets up-close and personal. The shear power of the players thrilled the seventh grader, and a fire exploded within her when her coach convinced her that she had the “right stuff” for basketball. Young Harding’s talent proved itself again when she played a pick-up basketball game, and the seventh grader won the game against boys.
As Harding watched NBA games, she knew that scoring in the big leagues WOULD be her fate! With commitment and discipline on her side, she practiced and studied NBA players, analyzing the strategies involved in covering various positions and the shooting techniques used by professionals. That same tenacious commitment to succeed was foundational to helping Harding battle back to the top WNBA slot after two major knee injuries, early on, threatened to end her professional career.
Harding’s mother, Lillian Andrews, says her daughter has shown athletic abilities from the time she was three months old playing with a “Johnny Jump Up” for toddlers. A family friend and one of the fastest NFL linebacker’s of the time, Keith McCants (1990 1st round, 4th overall, for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers), took note of her speed when he gave young Lindsey Harding a head start in a foot race. Andrews said McCants had to shift into a few higher gears when he realized how much speed young Harding possessed. After that, McCants strongly suggested to Harding’s mother that she enroll her daughter into some form of sports, recalled Ms. Andrews.
By the time Lindsey entered college, her love of the theater attracted her to take theater and she graduated with a minor degree in theater from duke University.