By Zora Stephenson
What’s happening all people. Zora Stephenson right here. A has-been hooper (though I’m nonetheless assured in my jumper) and the host of certainly one of NBC Sports activities’ newest podcasts, “Hardwood HERstory.” The aim of the pod is to inform the tales of athletes who modified ladies’s basketball. And although all of them had a non-negotiable affect on the sport, you most likely haven’t heard of a few of them.
That’s why we’re right here. Some folks give again to the game by teaching or working for a crew. I give again to the sport by storytelling. Hardwood HERstory is a labor of affection, right here’s a listing of issues you possibly can sit up for should you begin listening:
1) Lusia “Lucy” Harris is within the Corridor of Fame. The primary lady to attain a basket on the Olympics for USA Basketball, she led Delta State to 3 faculty championships and was drafted by an NBA crew. Rising up folks used to tease Lucy. They might say, lengthy and tall and that’s all. She then went again to them in any case her success and mentioned, lengthy and tall and that’s NOT all. Adore it!!!
2) Ann Meyers Drysdale (additionally a Corridor of Famer) most likely performed pickup with both your favourite basketball participant or your mother or father’s favourite basketball participant. She has tales for days and was variety sufficient to share a few of them. A strolling ladies’s basketball encyclopedia. Need to merely study extra in regards to the historical past of the sport? Hearken to this episode!!
3) Dee Kantner. That is the episode the place you chuckle. We requested Dee Kantner to hitch the podcast as a result of she was one of many first ladies to referee within the NBA. That’s why you’ll begin listening, however you’ll maintain listening as a result of she shares a referee’s perspective on calls (and lacking calls), how she went from engineer to ‘Hardwood HERstory’, and the bees she has to maintain up with off the courtroom. Pure leisure!
4) Years into Niele Ivey‘s teaching profession, Muffet McGraw and the Notre Dame Athletics administration noticed her as the way forward for the varsity’s ladies’s basketball program. Now that she’s stepped into the pinnacle function, Coach Ivey talks about what it took to get there, what it means to steer her alma mater, her teaching philosophy, and her time within the NBA. Coach Ivey additionally offers the total scouting report on her son Jaden, who was scooped up by the Detroit Pistons because the fifth general decide on this yr’s NBA Draft. An inspiring episode for anybody who has a dream and needs to hearken to somebody who made it occur. Muffet McGraw chimes in too.
5) Elizabeth Williams had her jersey retired at Duke College, she was the WNBA’s most improved participant in 2016, she led the Atlanta Dream and the WNBA as they campaigned in opposition to the crew’s proprietor within the Georgia Senate race, and when her taking part in profession is over, she has desires of being a physician. Speak about doing all of it! Elizabeth additionally occurs to be my finest good friend and it was so cool to interview her. To me, this episode is a few proficient basketball participant who lastly discovered her voice off the courtroom.
6) Allison Galer owns Disrupt The Recreation, an company that solely represents feminine athletes, principally ladies’s basketball gamers. Alison shares why representing ladies is her calling, the objectives she has for her firm, and all she does as an agent.
Should you want extra causes to hear, just let me know! Basketball is about a lot greater than placing a ball in a hoop. Inside these 4 traces, there are tales of triumph, victory, success, and resilience. We will all relate to that. Need greatness to rub off on you? Hearken to Hardwood HERstory.
Hardwood HERstory is offered for obtain on all main podcast platforms, together with: NBCSports.com/podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Amazon Music, Spotify, Google Podcasts, iHeart, and Pandora. Episode one that includes Lusia “Lucy” Harris can be embedded above.
Zora Stephenson performed faculty basketball at Elon College. She works as a sideline reporter for the Milwaukee Bucks and likewise covers the Olympics and USFL for NBC Sports activities. You’ll be able to comply with her on Twitter @ZoraStephenson.
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Ladies’s basketball podcast ‘Hardwood HERstory’ goals to encourage and educate initially appeared on NBCSports.com