Janeth Arcain was captain of the Brazilian national basketball team from 1998 to 2007, and most important player in the country. In 2015, she became part of the basketball Hall of Fame.
Janeth was the first female Brazilian athlete to play professionally in the United States of America. She played in eight WNBA seasons, becoming four-time consecutive champion with the Houston Comets and the only foreign player in the world to achieve that feat.
Janeth accumulated titles throughout her career, including world champion in 1994, silver medalist in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, and bronze medalist in the 2000 Sydney Games, becoming the highest scoring basketball player in the history of the Olympics. She also accumulates the highest number of basketball championship titles in Brazil.
While she was still playing professionally, Janeth created the Janeth Arcain Institute in the Brazilian state of São Paulo. The Institute offers a completely free program for children and youth of ages between 7 and 17, which aims at democratizing access to quality sports at an early age, promoting basketball as a path to human development, and boosting citizenship and social transformation. Her Institute reaches over 700 children annually since 2002.
More recently, she was invited to be the mayor of the Olympic Village at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.