COLUMBUS – The Ohio High School Athletic Association Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity Committee has selected Logan native and former Ohio State, WNBA and Olympic basketball standout Katie Smith as the OHSAA’s 2013-14 Ethics and Integrity Award recipient. Katie will be honored during this weekend’s girls basketball state tournament and next weekend during the boys basketball state tournament.
The OHSAA Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity Committee annually selects an Ethics and Integrity Award winner that is presented to an Ohioan who has displayed outstanding traits of ethical behavior and integrity, and is a role model for others.
Katie is one of the most successful basketball players of all time, starting in high school at Logan. She led the Lady Chieftans to the OHSAA state championship game as a senior in 1992; was the national player-of-the-year and Ohio’s Ms. Basketball, and currently ranks fifth on the state’s career scoring list for girls.
She then went to Ohio State, where she led the Buckeyes to the NCAA title game her freshman year and was a two-time first team All-American. OSU also retired her number.
Katie completed a 17-year professional and international basketball career last summer. She finished as the all-time leading scorer in women’s professional basketball that includes both the American Basketball League and the WNBA and played on four pro championship teams – two with the ABL’s Columbus Quest and two in the WNBA. Internationally, Katie was part of three U.S. Olympic Gold Medal winning basketball teams.
Katie is currently finishing her graduate degree in dietetics at Ohio State and will start the next chapter of her life with the WNBA’s New York Liberty as an assistant coach next season.
Through it all, she has remained the same, down-to-earth Katie from Logan who epitomizes the Ethics and Integrity Award, showing what hard work can achieve and tirelessly giving of her time in several different capacities to help others.