Natalie Williams was considered one of the top female professional basketball players in the country. She has been voted USA Basketball Player of the Year and Utah’s Female Athlete of the Century.
She was selected as the 1998 ABL Most Valuable Player and was named to the West team for the inaugural WNBA All-Star game. A key player for Team USA, she won an Olympic gold medal in Sydney, Australia in 2000. Many believe that her efforts during the final minutes of the championship game sealed the victory for the Olympic team. Basketball wasn’t the only sport that she excelled in. She was a Utah state long jump champion at Taylorsville High School. She represented the U.S. in volleyball at the 1991 and 1993 World University Games. After high school, Natalie attended UCLA, where she was an All-American in basketball and volleyball. Natalie spent her professional career with the Portland Power, Utah Starzz, and Indiana Fever.
Natalie had surgery during her playing career. Here is her Hoopes Vision experience in her own words:
“When I decided to have laser vision correction surgery, or LASIK, I naturally wanted to find the best surgeon, not the cheapest price. I was referred to Hoopes Vision where the surgeons are some of the most experienced and skillful in the country. Dr. Phillip C. Hoopes has participated in the development and studies that led to laser approval and acceptance. My surgery was over in no time and was painless. Now I can see better than 20/20 and am playing better than ever. Best of all, I don’t have to worry about stopping the game to find my lost contacts!”
WNBA All Star and Olympic Gold Medalist