For those of you who don’t know me, let me first start off by giving you a brief intro and background. I’m Ramirra Stackhouse, wife, mother, and entrepreneur. My husband, Jerry Stackhouse, is a 16 year NBA veteran. He was drafted third overall in the 1995 draft by the Philadelphia 76′ers, and has since played for the Detroit Pistons, Washington Wizards, Dallas Mavericks, and Milwaukee Bucks. He’s been a member of 2 NBA All-Star teams and currently works as a sports analyst for NBA TV and CBS Sports.
I was born and raised in Richmond,VA and went on to attend the best HBCU in the nation, North Carolina Central University, where I was a member of one of the hottest cheerleading squads in the CIAA! Jerry and I were introduced to each other through a close mutual friend, Levelle Moton, in 1996, and the rest is history!
I earned a degree in Business Management in 1998, and on graduation day, Jerry proposed in front of our closest friends and family. We were married on Christmas Eve 2000 in our home in Detroit, MI. Our time in Detroit was memorable on a professional and personal level. Jerry had arguably some of his most successful NBA seasons in the Motor City, and we made irreplaceable lifelong friendships there. While in Detroit, I also started a successful event planning firm with a close friend, appropriately named, “Exquisite Affairs.” (One thing I do know how to do is throw a banging party!)
The “D” will always have a special place in my heart!
Dallas is definitely on the top of my fave cities list as well. With great shopping, amazing weather (compared to Detroit), friendly people, and a restaurant scene that rivals NYC, I will forever have love for Dallas! The five years we were there, the Mavericks had some pretty successful seasons and in 2006, the Mavs made it all the way to the NBA Finals, only to lose to Miami, 4 games to 2. Jerry was actually suspended for game 5 for a “hard” foul on Shaq, which in my opinion, ultimately changed the outcome of the series…I guess that’s just how the ball bounces sometimes.
We have 3 children, Jaye, Alexis, and Antonio. Jaye, Jerry’s son from a previous relationship, is a member of The National Honor Society, and star of his school’s football and basketball teams. At 14, he’s quickly becoming an extraordinary young man right before our eyes!
To keep up with the crazy travel schedule of the NBA and the constant possibility of being traded, I homeschooled Alexis and Antonio for 6 years! It was hard work, but the benefits were priceless. The precious time I spent with them was an unforgettable experience. Alexis, now in public school, is a straight A student, talented pianist, and newly crowned Miss North Gwinnett Middle School for her 6th grade class. Antonio is also an honor roll student in 4th grade who plays the guitar, and a member of the local baseball and basketball teams, with aspirations of making it to the big leagues! Although, I think he might follow in the footsteps of his Grandma Minnie (Jerry’s mother) and preach the Word! Our nickname for him is choir boy…and we mean it in a good way!
As the wife of a professional athlete, my goal with this blog is to give you a glimpse into my life and into the lives of other NBA wives who don’t fit the stereotype that is currently portrayed on television and in the media. Hopefully, you’ll come away with an enlightened perspective.
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