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Basketball Corridor of Fame Inductee, Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist Lynette Woodard, Returns to Harlem Globetrott – Black Enterprise

Keith Dawkins, President of the Harlem Globetrotters and Herschend Leisure Studios, introduced at present on the group’s annual Coaching Camp, that Lynette Woodard, the primary girl to ever be a part of the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters, returns to the group this winter as a Particular Advisor to the President.

Ms. Woodard, can be a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, a former WNBA nice, and a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Corridor of Fame, and the primary feminine participant for the Harlem Globetrotters. She’s going to assist efforts to extend the illustration of girls athletes throughout the group, assist deepen the group’s connection to former Globetrotters, and companion to bolster its international Goodwill Ambassador Initiative which focuses on doing work with companions within the areas of Schooling, Well being & Wellness, Group Empowerment whereas persevering with to develop the sport of basketball internationally.

“It is a essential time for the Harlem Globetrotters as we stay up for our upcoming 2023 World Tour, our 100-year anniversary in 2026 and the general progress of our enterprise,” mentioned Dawkins. “To have an American sports activities icon like Lynette Woodard return as a Particular Advisor at a time after we simply elevated the variety of girls athletes on our roster to largest within the group’s 96-year historical past, is seismic!”

Women of the Harlem Globetrotters
(Picture: (left to proper) Cherelle ‘Torch’ George, Arysia ‘Ace’ Porter, Mia ‘Mighty’ Hopkins, Mia ‘Ice’ Castaneda, Kayla Gabor, Fatima ‘TNT’ Lister Backside: Lynette Woodard / PR Newswire)

For the upcoming 2023 World Tour, the six girls will embody new gamers:

  • Arysia ‘Ace’ Porter – Harlem Globetrotters – St. Mary’s College, San Antonio, Texas (Guard)
  • Mia ‘Ice’ Castaneda – Harlem Globetrotters – Texas Tech College, Lubbok Texas (Guard)
  • Kayla Gabor -Washington Generals – Lake Erie FacultyPainesville, Ohio (Guard)

Present gamers:

  • Mia ‘Mighty’ Hopkins – Harlem Globetrotters – West Chester CollegeWest Chester, Pennsylvania (Guard)
  • Cherelle ‘Torch’ George – Harlem Globetrotters – Oklahoma Metropolis CollegeOklahoma Metropolis, Oklahoma (Guard)
  • Fatima ‘TNT’ Lister – Harlem Globetrotters – Temple CollegePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania (Guard)

“I’m residing proof that lightning can strike twice and it did with my return to this group that I’ve cherished all my life,” mentioned Woodard. “A seed was planted after I turned the primary feminine to hitch the Harlem Globetrotters. Now I can see the fruit of my pleasure with the most important group of girls athletes to be celebrated within the group’s historical past.”

Lynette Woodard, Arysia ‘Ace’ Porter , Mia 'Mighty' Hopkins
(Picture: (left to proper) Lynette Woodard, Arysia ‘Ace’ Porter , Mia ‘Mighty’ Hopkins / PR Newswire)

Lynette Woodard turned the primary girl to ever play for a males’s skilled basketball group when she signed with the Harlem Globetrotters in October 19851987. The six-foot guard was a four-time Kodak All-American (1978-81) and two-time GTE Tutorial All-American on the College of Kansas, the place she averaged 26.3 factors per sport throughout her school profession.  Woodard can be the all-time main scorer in girls’s school basketball with 3,649 factors.

Woodard captained the 1984 United States Olympic group that captured the gold medal in Los Angeles, CA. She went on the play within the inaugural season of the WNBA for the Cleveland Rockers through the summer time of 1997 and was chosen by the Detroit Shock within the 1998 WNBA enlargement draft. Woodard was introduced with a Harlem Globetrotters “Legends” Ring in 1996. She went on to be a twice inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Corridor of Fame, first with the Harlem Globetrotters group in 2002 and individually in September 2004.

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