Kahleah Copper Talks adidas Partnership, Hoops and Being a Role Model

We caught with Copper over All Star Weekend

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Kahleah Copper has had an eventful couple of years. First off, there’s the fact that she led the Chicago Sky to the promised land in 2021 where they captured the WNBA championship where she was also named Finals MVP. Then there's the fact that she's become a perennial All Star, and on top of that, has been able to lock in several endorsement deals with major brands such as Gatorade and adidas to name a few. Speaking of adidas, we caught up with Copper during All Star Weekend at adidas’ Remember The Why exhibit to talk about her work with the adidas crew, her personal style and a little bit of hoops. You can check out the full interview below.

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ONE37pm: It’s so nice to be chatting with you Kahleah! You’ve been with the adidas team for a minute. How do you feel about some of the initiatives that you all have taken on during your time together?

Copper: I think adidas is a brand that does so much for women. It's a real family environment, and they are really invested in inspiring the next generation. The adidas brand believes in all the same things I believe in as far as inspiring young women—especially where I come from where they haven’t always had opportunities or accessibility.

ONE37pm: How would you describe your personal style?

Copper: You know, it depends on the day. Some days I’ll wear women’s pants, and other days I’ll wear mens pants. One day I’m oversized, the next day I’m fitted. So I just go with the flow!

ONE37pm: You are in a position where you inspire a lot of young women, and adidas does a great job of empowering women. What do you have to say to the young girls who look up to you?

Copper: I think sports are a great start to whatever it is that you want to do. It gives you confidence and the opportunity to wholeheartedly be yourself. It also teaches you about that healthy drive and competition. It allows you to hone in on your foundation as well. I think sports are so much more than just playing the game, it teaches you necessary life skills that you will need in different areas. 

ONE37pm: Agreed! Sports are very important, but we also know that you guys are more than athletes. So who are you off the court?

Copper: I’m super quiet and super chill. I have this alter ego where I am a menace on the court, but off the court I’m just really chill. I’m a foodie also! I like to eat and I like to sleep!

ONE37pm: What is your favorite project that you have worked on with adidas so far?

Copper: I’d definitely have to say this current Remember The Why project. It’s my favorite because as a pro you go through so many ups and downs, and when those downs happen, you have to remember why you love it. So that’s what Remember The Why means to me. My family is my why. They are the reason why I have been able to do what I do and be successful.

ONE37pm: That leads me to my final question. What would you say to your 18-year-old self and what would you tell her about who she is going to evolve into?

Copper: Wow. This is tough because I never would have thought I would be here. I would have never believed that I would win a championship. I think I would tell myself that big things are coming. Continue to surround yourself with the right people, continue to stay confident, and continue to work hard.

You can keep up with Kahleah via Instagram

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