Carol Rhoden (née Smith), a two-time School of Kinesiology graduate, published a children’s book about overcoming challenges she faced as a child. Rhoden was a female athlete who was bullied by her male peers, lost her mother in high school, and became the first person in her family to graduate college.
Released in February 2021, Carol’s Dream shares the story of Rhoden’s childhood and teaches youth that dedicating themselves to the things they love can help them overcome anything and achieve their dreams.
Rhoden is somewhat of an expert in achieving her dreams. She graduated from Auburn University with a physical education degree in 2005 and then earned her Master’s degree in the same subject in 2006. She has 12 years of experience coaching basketball and was named 2017 Coach of the Year by the Alabama State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. She also has 15 years of experience teaching in the Birmingham, Alabama, area.
“Earning a degree in Physical Education from Auburn University has provided me with many opportunities to enrich the lives of our youth and support our community,” she said. “My degree has given me a platform to coach and mentor today’s youth and develop self-motivated student-athletes. I also have the privilege to serve as a motivational speaker and publish an empowering children’s book.”
A two-time Kodak/State Farm All-American Women’s Basketball Coaches Association honoree, Rhoden was devastated when she was cut from the Women’s NBA Detroit Shock (now Dallas Wings). She overcame that adversity and now uses her exceptional basketball skills and life experiences to coach, train, inspire, and propel teen boys and girls to be champions – in both basketball and life.