Founder/Executive Director of SC Infinite Dreams Youth Organization.
Shaunzinski Gortman was born in Columbia, SC but spent most of her
childhood in Cayce, SC. Coming from a very athletic family, she spent
her years playing multiple sports, which includes Softball,
basketball, Volleyball, and Track. Ironically her favorite sport is
softball, although she excelled in basketball. She played Varsity
Softball at Brookland Cayce high school in both 7th and 8th grade
before she moved to Columbia in 1994, and began her high school
basketball Career at W.J. Keenan high school. She was awarded
All-state and All-Region award all four years there and in her senior
year, she was named the SC 3AAA Player of the Year and SC's Miss
Basketball. Amongst being highly recruited by many Top Division 1
Schools, she decided to stay home and on a basketball scholarship to
The University of South Carolina.
GAMECOCK CAREER (1998 – 2002):
She Finished her collegiate career with 1,367 points and 576 rebounds.She's one of only 17 Gamecocks to score 1,000+ points and grab 500+rebounds and Ranks 13th among all-time leading scorers at USC • Shewas named to Coaches All SEC First Team andAP First Team All SEC squadas a senior and also named Honorable Mention AP All America• SheStarted in the 2002 WBCA All Star Challenge during Final Four weekendand was one of only 20 college seniors selected to play in the contestagainst the USA National Team. She was also named to All SEC SecondTeam both sophomore and junior seasons. she's one of only two SECwomen to record a triple-double in her 1998-1999 season (VanessaHayden 2001-2002).
PROFESSIONAL CAREER (2000 – 2010):
She became the first woman ever drafted from both the University of
South Carolina and the state of South Carolina as ninth pick in the
2002 WNBA Draft. Shaunzinski played four years in the WNBA with the
Minnesota Lynx (2002-2003), She had brief stint with the Washington
Mystics (2005) and again returned to the Seattle Storm in (2007) where
she also tore her ACL for the second time, the first her Junior year
in college. She would also spend her off months playing professionally
overseas in several Countries including Turkey, Israel, and Spain.
Basketball has given Gortman the opportunity to travel the world andmany other great experiences. Infact she's traveled to 43 states inthe US, and traveled to 13 Countries overseas. For this experience sheremains humble and is truly grateful and spends her time now as a highschool basketball coach and softball assistant coach from 2011 to2013. In the past three years, she had dedicated her time to Mentoringand training youth on personal development, life skills as wellas sports development. She Coach's and runs SC Infinite Dreams YouthOrganization, as well organizes basketball skill camps and personallytrain youth in the summer months.She has played basketball on all levels of basketball and knows whatit takes to reach your highest potential.As hobbies in her time off she plays travel softball.