It’s that time of year again, that time of year when the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame welcomes an international crowd to Knoxville.  On June 13th, the Hall of Fame will honor its 17th class of inductees.

The significance of the Hall of Fame goes far beyond the reach of sports alone.  Yes, it is an international museum- and it is located right here in Knoxville.   The Hall encompasses stories of passion, motivation and inspiration.  It is a history lesson, sharing the accolades of men and women who have paved the way for women today.  You don’t have to be a lover of sports to appreciate the Hall of Fame’s significance to Knoxville, just a lover of history and a passion to succeed. 

Each year, six individuals are inducted into the Hall of Fame whose accomplishments are undeniable. The Class of 2015 includes Brazilian athlete, Janeth Arcain; the late coach of Oklahoma State, Kurt Budke; long-time Duke head coach, Gail Goestenkors; University of Georgia standout, Janet Harris; ten time high school state champion, Brad Smith; and WNBA phenom, Lisa Leslie.   You may or may not recognize these names, but in hearing their stories, you can’t help but recognize their passion.  Induction is a chance to hear those stories told.  Many do not realize that Knoxville gets the opportunity to host such an international event.  

In addition to Induction, the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame is presenting another opportunity to pay tribute to a sports legend.  On Friday, June 12th the Hall of Fame will be naming the South Rotunda after one of the most decorated coaches in history, Pat Summitt.  Summitt was instrumental in bringing the Hall of Fame to Knoxville, and she is the reason Knoxville has the opportunity to host Induction every year.   She was part of the first Induction class in 1999 and as one of the most beloved coaches of all time, she made Knoxville a basketball town.    This is Knoxville’s chance to see her honored in a tremendous way.

For more questions regarding Induction 2015 and the naming of the Pat Summitt Rotunda, call (865) 633-9000 or visit www.wbhof.com .