Tennessee's Brittany Jackson (25) drives against DePaul's Allie Quigley (14) during the first half of their game Sunday, Dec. 12, 2004 in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP File Photo/Wade Payne)
CLEVELAND, Tenn. — After traveling the world and turning into one of the more recognizable names in women’s basketball, Brittany Jackson decided that her new career is going to start right back at home.
The former Bradley Central and University of Tennessee Lady Vol recently decided to open the Brittany Jackson Basketball Academy, which shall cater to children ages 8 and older and focus on individual skills primarily.
Jackson, who played for the Lady Vols from 2001 to ’05 and was a two-year starter, will solicit help from individuals, but really wants the academy to take off under her own tutelage. She’s also opened her own website, www.brittanyjacksonbball.com, where more information can be given on her newest venture.
“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do,” she said. “Since I graduated from college, I’ve always worked with kids. I think that they respect someone who has played at the championship level, and it would be good for me to give back.
“I was eight when I started playing, and with the timing of basketball seasons ending, I thought this would be a perfect time to start this.”
She was a member of four Final Four teams at Tennessee and two national runners-up. Jackson then played for the San Jose Spiders of the National Women’s Basketball League. She has also played overseas in Turkey and Poland, once signed with the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream and was invited to the San Antonio Silverstars’ training camp.
Her newest venture will include anything from one-on-one training to group sessions. Jackson will travel to Seymour High School in Knoxville for a camp April 21-23, before coming home to hold a camp at Bradley Central from May 12-14.
She plans on incorporating former Lady Vols, such as former Lady Vol and WNBA standout Chamique Holdsclaw, who resides in Atlanta, in the future. In the beginning, though, it’s about her.
“Due to other things in my career, such as my commitments to broadcasting and basketball, I couldn’t start it,” she said.
“This is the perfect time.”