Knoxville (TN) – The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, the only basketball hall of fame recognizing the women’s basketball national and international games, has announced its 2024 induction class.
It gives us immense pleasure to pay tribute to seven pioneers and legends of this great game," said Dana Hart, President of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame. "Seimone Augustus, Rita Gail Easterling, Taj McWilliams Franklin, Maya Moore, Violet Palmer, Sue Phillips, and Roonie Scovel constitute a stellar group of awardees. As the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame commemorates its 25th anniversary, we celebrate them and their contributions to the game."
The Hall of Fame will recognize Cheyney University as the recipient of the “Trailblazer of the Game” award. The “Lady Wolves” squad of Cheyney State College (now Cheyney University) is the only Historically Black College and University (HBCU) to have won a women’s or NCAA Division I Basketball Conference/Regional Championship. It also is the first to have an all-African American coaching staff, led by Hall of Famer C. Vivian Stringer.
The “For the Love of the Game” award honoree is the Afghan Resettlement Program, a group of thirteen coaches and players from Afghanistan. These young, brave, and courageous women players embody the “For the Love of the Game” mantra, as they have risked their lives, leaving their families behind in Afghanistan in pursuit of the freedom to play basketball without fear of imprisonment, torture, or death.
The Tennessee Theater will host the induction ceremony on April 27, 2024, at 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Each recipient will receive the Berenson Trophy, named after Senda Berenson, who is considered the mother of women’s basketball. Smith College sponsors the Berenson Trophy. The inductees will also receive a WBHOF Hall of Famer ring from sponsor Baron Rings. Tickets to the 2024 induction ceremony go on sale Friday, December 1, 2023, at www.tennesseetheatre.com
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