Quanitra Hollingsworth is a 6′-5″ professional athlete and business woman. She is a native of Chesapeake, VA. She is the daughter of Angela Pelzer and Jonathan Hollingsworth. Quanitra, also known as “Q”, was born on November 15, 1988. Throughout her life, Quanitra has strived for excellence while serving her community and being an active Christian. She is the kind of Christian that loves to put God first in her life and others before herself.
Quanitra graduated from Great Bridge High School and received a full scholarship to Virginia Commonwealth
University at the age of 15. She became the youngest active player in the country to be a part of a Division I basketball team. As a student first, education continued to be a priority as she attained a Bachelor of Science in Operations Research with a minor in Computer Science.
As a rookie in the 2005-06 season, Quanitra was the country’s youngest ROY when she received the CAA Rookie
of the Year award; in addition to making the All-Defensive team. Throughout her career, Q received several
acknowledgements and awards. She became the most prolific rebounder and the second-most prolific scorer in VCU Women’s Basketball history. She also led the program to their first NCAA tournament appearance. Q was honored as the second female to have their jersey retired at VCU. And, in 2009 the CAA named her to the Silver Anniversary team.
If you’re not busy being born, you’re busy dying”…live life and take every moment to reinvent yourself into that greater YOU!
Upon completing her undergraduate degree and finishing an excellent basketball career at VCU, The Minnesota Lynx selected Hollingsworth with the ninth overall pick in the 2009 WNBA Draft, making her the youngest American-born player drafted and active in the history of the league. In her rookie season, Quanitra scored a season-high of 17 points against the Los Angeles Sparks.
As a professional basketball player she is privileged to play professionally in Europe during the WNBA off-season
She is a positive influence on young men and women all over the world. While pursuing a career in professional athletics, as well as, pursing her education as a graduate student, Q seeks priority in living life as a God-fearing woman who eagerly touches the lives of so many people she may or may not cross paths with!
All the while a collegiate student-athlete, Quanitra found another piece of herself during her road to becoming a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated by way of the Eta Theta Chapter of Virginia Commonwealth University. Q crossed in Spring 2007. In 2011, she (along with six sorors) chartered the graduate chapter of Omega Gamma Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. located in Chesterfield, VA.
Since entering the WNBA in 2009, Quanitra Hollingsworth has been active in the Hampton Roads and worldwide community. In 2009, she started AtUrB3st, The Quanitra Hollingsworth Foundation. Q continues to expand her brand by exploring new venues; thereby, becoming that more complete person everyday.
Q’s MESSAGE OF INSPIRATION
“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. Timothy 4:12