2018 Woman of the Year: Celebrating Women in Sports with Candess Correll

Candess Correll was born and raised in Prince George’s County, Maryland where she has made a name for herself as a dancer, scholar, and an inspirational woman in our community. She graduated from the University of Maryland (College Park), where she was a student athlete. Candess managed to study Computer Science and takeover on the sidelines with the University of Maryland dance team.

Upon graduation, Candess went on to work as a full time Software Engineer for Booz Allen Hamilton and dance professionally as an NFL cheerleader. Her accolades include dancing with the Debbie Allen Dance Academy, performing for Barack Obama’s Presidential inauguration, being recognized as a top 15 hottest NFL cheerleader by “The Sportster” magazine, and earning a month spread in the Redskins Cheerleader swimsuit calendar and being declared as one of the top 10 NFL cheerleaders of 2017 by “USA Today”.

Candess is very proud to be a woman in sports because she gets to set an example for women of all ages, especially women of color.. by emphasizing that we do have a rightful place in sports. Being a woman in sports further exemplifies the magnitude of how strong, healthy, and dedicated black women are! Which is why Candess strives to continue encouraging other girls that look like her to pursue their passion & dream in sports.

Congratulations Candess! We are always in support of your journey as you continue to inspire our youth through sports.

– Shannon Nichele, Founder

The Hoops & High Heels Project


MLK Day of Service!


Every year, thousands of organizations around the world come together for a national day of service in honor of one of the most influential civil rights leaders and advocates for equality in America – Martin Luther King, Jr.  Hoops & High Heels Incorporated is joining the Potomac Conservancy volunteer initiative to help clean up the Potomac River on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at Jones Point Park (125 Jones Pt., Alexandria, VA 22314).

If you are interested in joining our service group, please fill out the below form and we will see you there! Deadline to sign up is Thursday, January 11th at 10:00 pm.

“Life’s most persistent and URGENT question is: What are you doing for others?” – MLK

GO PINK! Breast Cancer Awareness

This year, Hoops & High Heels Incorporated desires to make an impact in the fight against breast cancer in a different way. We’re taking the first step towards a world without breast cancer by raising funds to stop this disease that affects 1 in 8 women during their lifetime. As the world’s largest and most influential breast cancer organization, the Susan G. Komen Foundation supports more breast cancer research than any other non-profit, while providing “real-time” help to those facing the disease.


On Saturday, October 14th from 12:00 to 7:00 pm – Hoops & High Heels Inc. will be hosting the 4th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Basketball Showcase to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Passionately Pink Foundation.  The day will be full of fun music, games, prizes, and giveaways as we all come together to honor the men & women who have survived, died, and are still fighting breast cancer.  See event details below!!!

12:00 pm – “Go Pink” Youth Basketball Clinic (FREE)

2:30 pm – Girls AAU Basketball Game

4:00 pm – Old School vs. New School Challenge

5:30 pm – Baltimore vs. DMV Semi-Pro Women’s Game

Please email hoopshighheelsinc@gmail.com or text (202) 730-9744 with any questions.

College Bound: The HBCU Experience

In Summer 2016, Hoops & High Heels Incorporated had the pleasure of working with HBCU Pride Nation and various HBCU college graduates in the D.C. Metropolitan area to help raise college awareness in the local community.   We were able to speak to a variety of AAU basketball teams about the importance of attending an Historically Black College or University, the application process, student life experiences on campus, and the many opportunities waiting for you after graduation.  Representatives from Howard University, North Carolina A&T, Tuskegee University, Alabama A&M, Morgan State University, and Spelman College volunteered for our HBCU Alumni Panel Discussion.  Check out this recap video below! by #DDGVisuals

A huge thank you to all of our vendors!!!

Educated Pretty Girls

Epik Creationz

DMV College Consulting

College Life Book Series

Field Press – “Woman in the Wall”




As we approach the halfway point of every student’s favorite season, our conditioning and open court workouts are available for ladies JV, Varsity, College, and Alumni to join. Even if you are just looking to stay in shape.. please come out and join us every FRIDAY from 7:00 pm until for basketball workouts.  If you already have a trainer and just need a gym space to work in, come out and benefit from this opportunity.  All Gym Time will be FREE for the ladies throughout the remainder of the Summer on Friday nights!

(If you are interested in physical condition in addition to just running games, contact us and we can help you get on our Thursday night training schedule.)  Follow Us on Instagram @hoopshighheelsinc for IMMEDIATE GYM UPDATES!


WNBA 2017 All-Stars! Top 5 Thursdays

July 6, 2017


Image resultThe WNBA, formally known as the Women’s National Basketball Association, will be hosting the 2017 All-Star Game presented by Verizon in Seattle, Washington for the first time in league history.  Home to the Seattle Storm, the WNBA will host a number of world-class athletes at the Key Arena on July 22, 2017.  Sue Bird, a 9x WNBA All-Star and a 2x WNBA Champion, seems very excited about hosting the event this summer.  “Seattle has the best fans in the WNBA, and I am so proud to be hosting Verizon WNBA All-Star 2017 in our hometown,” said Bird in an interview.  Well I look forward to watching Sue Bird run the floor with the best of the best this year.  Check out my Top 5 picks for who I want to see in the All-Star Game! (Click each player’s picture)


#1 Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury)

Image result for Diana taurasiShe has proclaimed herself to be the “White Mamba”, as a compliment to the now retired legend Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers), who holds the popular title Black Mamba as an ode to his demeanor and skills on the court.

Well she’s earned it! I’m definitely a KOBE fan (that’s basically my Uncle) so the nickname makes it even sweeter.  Nonetheless, Taurasi is the best guard in the WNBA without question.  On July 22nd against the Seattle Storm, she broke the all-time record for points scored in a single career by passing Tina Thompson, WNBA Hall-of-,Fame inductee, with a total of 7,494 points at the end of the game.  What makes it even more of a thrill is THE SEASON ISN’T OVER!  Only in her 13th season, I can easily say that Diana Taurasi has plenty of game left in her.


#2 Elena Delle Donne (Washington Mystics)

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At just 27 years old, Elena Delle Donne (aka. Elle Delle Donne) has accomplished the following:

  • Rio Olympics – Gold Medalist (Basketball)
  • WNBA League MVP – 2015
  • 3x WNBA All-Star Pick
  • WNBA Rookie of the Year – 2013

Recently traded to the Washington Mystics, Donne has made a dominant impact on the team and is a wonderful collaborator.  She is currently ranked 2nd in the league for Free Throw percentage, and 5th for Average points per game.  No, she hasn’t won a ring yet.. but she is destined for a WNBA Title because of her hunger and passion for the game.  The Mystics have performed well as a unit this season – hopefully we will make a statement in the playoffs, with Delle Donne leading the pack.


#3 Brittney Griner (Phoenix Mercury)

brittneyg_wnbaBaylor University class of 2013.  She is by far one of the most athletic women in the league.  Brittney Griner, in just her 2nd season as a WNBA player, secured a WNBA Championship title with the Phoenix Mercury.  Since then, Griner has won a Gold medal from the Rio Olympic Games, she’s made All-WNBA first team (2014), led the league in blocks four seasons in a row (2013-2016), and is currently leading the league in scoring with an average of 23.1 points per game.  Besides all of that, umm.. SHE CAN DUNK! I mean why wouldn’t you want to see her on the court in the All-Star game?  Griner definitely has a spot on the WNBA’s Top 5 this Summer.


#4  Alana Beard (Los Angeles Sparks)


One of my favorite guards in the WNBA since childhood, I still have the throwback signed poster of Alana Beard in her Washington Mystics jersey.  Beard is one of the league’s veterans, and she still is ranked among the Top 5 with the 3rd highest field goal percentage at 60.8% this season.  Aside from her solid handles, Alana Beard is known for her aggression on the court and accurate shooting. She has a great floor presence with All-Star, Candace Parker, to bring emphasis in the paint.  After winning her first WNBA Championship title (2016), I definitely think Alana has earned her spot in the 2017 All-Star Game.



#5 “All-Star Rookie Pick” Tayler Hill (Washington Mystics)

3973113b64b8fdae74e419fabb2b00d3-e1498783512734.jpgTayler Hill has been playing in the WNBA since the 2013 regular season.  She was pretty quiet in the first few years of her career; and she became a mother for the first time during her 2014 season.  Stronger than ever, Hill stepped her game up in Summer 2016 averaging 15.4 points per game in the regular season.  Only halfway through the season and Hill has been averaging a career high of 16.2 points per game this year!  She is also ranked 4th in the league with a 92.5%free throw percentage.  Plus she plays for my HOME TEAM!  Tayler Hill has the potential to rank among the top 5 guards in the league if she continues to improve each year and dominate on the both ends of the court.


Thanks for Reading!  Cast your vote at the link above to select YOUR favorite WNBA stars to play in this Summer’s All-Star Game presented by Verizon.  🙂

Queen City CHARM Joins the WABA

Official Logo-TeamJune 18, 2017

We are excited to announce that Hoops & High Heels Inc. will be collaborating with the Women’s American Basketball Association (WABA) to bring the Queen City Charm Pro Basketball Team to Charlotte, North Carolina.  The WABA will be kicking off its inaugural season this August, and Queen City Charm will be joining the WABA for their 2018 Basketball Season!

Our organization is looking for Sponsors, Partners, Coaches, Players, and Business minded leaders who are interested in joining this major move for the entire city!  Help us build a platform for female athletes to experience the game at a new level.  WEBSITE COMING SOON.  Follow our social media pages to stay updated on our events as we prepare for the 2018 basketball season.  PLEASE EMAIL SERIOUS BUSINESS INQUIRIES TO:  Ms. Shannon Bryant at queencity.waba@gmail.com !!!



Instagram: @queencity.waba

Twitter: @_QueenCityCharm

Facebook: @queencitycharm


Class of 2017: The Hoops & High Heels Experience

June 10, 2017


Well, if you haven’t noticed already, it’s Grad Season!  This Spring, billions of boys and girls crossed the stage for the first time as they graduate from Kindergarten.  Millions of teenagers leap towards their next chapter as they graduate from High School; while the future leaders of our next generation earn their Associate’s and/or Bachelor’s degree from accredited Colleges and Universities across the world.

Men and Women have taken on the challenge of Higher Education and have earned PhD’s, Jurist Doctorates, and Master’s degrees.  So Congratulations to the Class of 2017!! You’ve earned it.  I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge a group of girls who are special to me.  My very first class of Hoops & High Heels Student Members & Graduates.  Many girls crossed my path over the past year, but a few stayed close by and even taught me a thing or two along the way.

Hoops & High Heels is proud to see our first membership class at Hoops & High Heels Inc. graduate from high school. 🎓 During the past year, these young ladies have volunteered at multiple community events, stayed involved in school, excelled in sports, overcame tragic times among their peers, and most importantly – focused on their grades in preparation for their future.  Congrats Girls!!! We look forward to seeing how you decide to #BuildYourLegacy in the world.


Collectively, this is what they’ve achieved. Enjoy a few pictures! More to come! 📸

** Honors & Achievements **

$224,000 Total Scholarship Offers
Class of 2017 Valedictorian.
SGA Vice President.
SGA Class Representative.
Outstanding Community Service. Cheerleading, Soccer, Track, Basketball, and Softball.
Drama Production.DSC_5329🏆Varsity Basketball Conference Champions.
⚽️Varsity Soccer Conference Champi

College Education Goals
Hampton University.
New York University.
University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
Howard University.
Morgan State University (not photographed).
Florida A&M University.
Towson University.


Shoutout to those HBCUs! #hbculove😍❤️

THIS SUMMER–> College Bound 2017–> www.the-hbcu-experience.eventbrite.com




Community Service Saturdays

IMG_2731Hoops & High Heels is committed to helping students find more volunteer opportunities to earn service hours for high school, and to help small businesses in the local community.  Every weekend.. we are looking for students who want to get more involved in community outreach!  In August, our organization will be collaborating with another non-profit in the area in support of our community service initiative.

This year, we joined forces with the well-known basketball league Suburban Coalition by volunteering at the door, concessions stand, and scorers table.  Suburban Coalition began about 20 years ago; and after a small break, they have decided to bring back the 2017 Summer & Spring Basketball leagues for Girls, Boys, & Men’s AAU Basketball teams.


*Important Notice: We are looking for volunteers to help out this summer at Suburban Coalition summer league games at Oxon Hill High School.  Please text (202) 730-9744 if you would like to sign up.  Thanks! *

Contact Us if you are in need of service hours for school, or if you are interested in participating in our next community service event this Summer!  Stay tuned on our social media and website for updates on the rest of our community service events during the year.

Representing NORTH CAROLINA A&T STATE UNIVERSITY at the Annual College Fair in Alexandria, Virginia.