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By Jeanette Lee
International billiard icon "The Black Widow" answers your questions about life, love, and everything else that happens in the poolhall.

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November: Drawing Inspiration
November 2009
Q. What first inspired you to play pool?
Jevarie Pressley; Dolton, Ill.

A. My first and greatest inspiration was walking into a billiard club in New York City and seeing a graceful older gentleman, playing a flawless game of pool. I just wanted to play like that. I started that journey years ago and I'm still on it. Today, I'm inspired by two things. One, the other women on my tour - I've witnessed the skill level on the WPBA improve by leaps and bounds, and I'm so proud of all of us. Every time I play in a tournament, I'm motivated to go back home and continue playing the game I love. Secondly, I'm inspired by my kids. They need to know that life is not about winning or losing. We are all going to lose at some point. As kids, they are just beginning to learn how to handle defeat. They need to see that, with all I deal with, every time I fall, I'm going to get up and keep working on my game. They inspire me to remain focused on being a role model for them by never giving up when I lose, by making time to practice even when it's boring or I'd rather be shopping, and by giving each responsibility in my life its due respect.Q. What first inspired you to play pool?
Jevarie Pressley; Dolton, Ill.

A. My first and greatest inspiration was walking into a billiard club in New York City and seeing a graceful older gentleman, playing a flawless game of pool. I just wanted to play like that. I started that journey years ago and I'm still on it. Today, I'm inspired by two things. One, the other women on my tour - I've witnessed the skill level on the WPBA improve by leaps and bounds, and I'm so proud of all of us. Every time I play in a tournament, I'm motivated to go back home and continue playing the game I love. Secondly, I'm inspired by my kids. They need to know that life is not about winning or losing. We are all going to lose at some point. As kids, they are just beginning to learn how to handle defeat. They need to see that, with all I deal with, every time I fall, I'm going to get up and keep working on my game. They inspire me to remain focused on being a role model for them by never giving up when I lose, by making time to practice even when it's boring or I'd rather be shopping, and by giving each responsibility in my life its due respect.


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