January 10, 2011

Mel's final blog

If you read my blog last year you probably thought it would be my last one. Well here’s some news for you: I thought so too. But this year there is no mistaking it, this is my fifth and FINAL year.

One thing I’ve learned throughout the years is that Stanford fans are probably some of the best fans ever. Through thick and thin, Stanford fans always have your back, and are some of the only fans that ACTUALLY care about the players. So here I am, an injured fifth year senior, and many of you have still shown that you care about me. Even more of you have asked about my plans aside from basketball and what I would like to do after I get my Stanford degree. To be completely honest, I have no idea what the future has in store for me (I guess nobody does) but I can let you in on what I’ve been doing lately.

As many of you already know, Candice Wiggins came back to the farm this past fall to finish up her degree. In this time I became Candice’s manager.

So what does this really mean?

If you have had the pleasure to meet Candice in person, you have most likely come to the realization that Candice truly has “something special”; something that has the power to transcend the world of basketball.

My job is to showcase that “something special” to the world. To do this, I have worked on a number of projects. She has gotten the opportunity to write for SlamOnline, and we have also put together a website. The website compiles all of her social media, gives you “behind the scenes” videos, and even allows you to chat with her live! The catalyst behind the site is Candice’s desire to allow her fans to get as close to her as possible without actually being there; to take a step into her world so to speak, thus creating cwigginsworld.com.

Although digital technology has come a long way, it can only take us so far. That is why I am most proud of our latest project, “The Candice Wiggins Overseas Experience – Spain 2011”.

Why does this make me so excited? It’s simple really. Think about the Stanford players we have grown to know and love, such as Brooke Smith, Kristen Newlin, and Jillian Harmon. After their time at Stanford, they all became lost at sea, so to speak, never to be heard from again.

Candice recognized this, and so she wants to give fans the opportunity to come with her. She wants to allow them to experience not only the beauty of Spain, but the beauty of Spain with an insider look into what playing professionally overseas is really like. We have worked extremely hard to put together a trip that is the first of its kind and the only one like it; a trip that brings the fans closer than ever, giving them the opportunity to travel and learn with Candice Wiggins. (travelwithcandice.wordpress.com)


  1. Very cool stuff Mel! Whatever you choose to do, you will succeed because of your passion and energy. I hope the knee heals soon enough to see you on the court, but if not, we know you are an important Senior leader for this amazing team. Thanks and good luck!

  2. Mel, are you going on the tour too?

  3. Dang grrrl! You go!

    What a terrific thing to be doing and to be doing it with 'Ice' is awesome!

    No matter your role this season, you are important to the team and a leader. The proof of that is in how you have been around through thick and thin to motivate your team!

  4. Hello everyone its mel. Thank you for your comments. I wanted to come on to make sure I responded to those of you who took the time out of your day. Thank you for that.

    1. I may be back on the court sooner than you think, knee doing well. Thanks!!!

    2. I am definitely going on the tour so you guys can chill with me too if you'd like. I would like to say I am pretty cool as well :)

    3. I appreciate you seeing me as an important member of the team. That really means a lot to me, you have no idea.

    Melanie Murphy

  5. Ridiculous quest there. What happened after? Thanks!

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