Schlesinger is an all-around athlete whose love for athletic competition has defined every stage of her life. At Walter Johnson High School, Schlesinger was a three-year letter winner in four sports: field hockey, volleyball, basketball and softball. She was named the school’s Athlete of the Year in 1975. At the University of Maryland, she was a four-year letter winner in basketball. During that time, the team won three ACC Championships and went to the Final Four. After college, she played in the Women’s Professional Basketball League for two years with the Washington Metros and the New England Gulls. She won the National Team Handball Championship in 1981 and the National Amateur Weightlifting Championship in her weight class in 1985. She is a member of the Greater Washington Fast Pitch Softball Hall of Fame.