For obvious reasons, those watching women's volleyball might snicker or make snide jokes whenever they hear Destinee Hooker's name.
The U.S. volleyball star said she is fully aware of the immature remarks "childish" people make. But she doesn't let them bother her because she's proud of the name her parents gave her.
"When it comes to my name, I honestly find nothing wrong with it," Hooker told TMZ.com. "I love my name."
Hooker, 24, said the unique spelling of her first name was her dad's idea after she almost didn't survive birth.
"Since I was a blessing, [my father] spelled it uniquely," she said. "So, I am thankful to be here and glad my dad gave me the name."
She also said the jokes have existed for a long time. But now, she just brushes them off.
"I have been dealing with it since I was a child," she said. "People can be childish."
In the end, Hooker is the one with the last laugh. As one of the stars on the undefeated American volleyball team, she's notched 58 kills, good enough for second in the women's tournament.
And if the silly jokes about her name ever get to her head, at least she can take it out by spiking balls really hard at people's faces.
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