African-American Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Set To Be Held In Harlem

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The African American Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame, dedicated to honoring black and other ethnic sports legends, will induct the first female Harlem Globetrotter Lynette Woodard at the Alhambra Ballroom in Harlem on Saturday, July 8, 2006. The theme: Harlem Renaissance...Looking Back…Moving Forward.

The African American Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame, dedicated to honoring black and other ethnic sports legends, will induct the first female Harlem Globetrotter Lynette Woodard at the Alhambra Ballroom in Harlem on Saturday, July 8, 2006. The theme: Harlem Renaissance...Looking Back…Moving Forward.

The event will begin with its signature black-tie “VIP Reception with the Stars” at 6p.m., followed by the induction ceremony in the historic Alhambra ballroom, located at 2116 Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard.

Woodard attended Wichita North High School in Wichita Kansas (1975-77) and led the team to state championship (1975-77). In 1977, she was selected national All-American. Lynette graduated from the University of Kansas in 1981 and was and all around winner in field of Basketball. She holds the honors as a four-time Kodak All-America (1978-81), all-time collegiate career scoring leader (3,649 points), led the nation in steals (1979, 1980, 1981), led nation in scoring (1979), led nation in rebounding (1978), and received the Wade Trophy winner (1981) and Broderick Award winner (1982).

She turned professional and played on the Italian League teams (1981-82, 1987-90 and led the Italian League in scoring with a 31 ppg in '82), became the first female to play for the Harlem Globetrotters (1985-1987), Japanese League teams (1991-92), WNBA Cleveland Rockers (1997), and WNBA Detroit Shock (1998). She was on the US Olympic Team (1980, 84), Co-Captain US Olympic Team (1984), Gold Medals at World Championship (1990), Pan American Games (1983). Ms. Woodard became the Athletic Director, Kansas City (MO) School District 1992-94), and has been the Assistant coach at Kansas since 1999.

Previously announced to be enshrined, Emile Griffith, and fan favorite in New York, fought more main events in Madison Square Garden than any other boxer. John Isaacs, a New York City native, played on the Rens from 1936-40, and also during the 1942-43 season. He was a member of the Rens team that won the 1939 world’s championship of basketball and compiled a record of 112-7, and Lou Hudson, aka “Super Lou” and “Sweet Lou” for his super game and sweet shot. In 1966, the 6’5 and 215lbs from the University of Minnesota was St. Louis Hawks’ first-round pick in the NBA draft. After scouts saw Hudson score 30 points as a College senior with a broken hand, they were convinced he would be a great sensation in the NBA. Hudson had a stellar career with the Atlanta Hawks.

This event will allow us to recapture, remember and honor some of the greatest athletes ever who have become living legends, and you are invited to participate. While witnessing the induction of the class of 2006, you will be demonstrating a sense of community and helping make dreams come true for our academic achievers. These athletes have a rich history worth telling, one that reflects commitment, determination and dignity.

The AAESHOF is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, and is dedicated to the development of opportunities for young, less fortunate people to gain exposure to positive aspects of life.

This is its major scholarship fund-raiser for students to attend historically black colleges and universities. It helps students from economically challenged backgrounds fund their education through our “Academia Achievers Award Program.”

The event will be broadcast on WSRN radio web cast and streamed on the Internet. Negotiations are in the process for televising the event. It will be video taped for presentation via the Internet by Pay2ViewTV.com. National, international and local print media; television and radio will be represented. Interviews will be conducted on a regular basis.

The event is sponsored in part by Southwest Airlines, Alhambra Ballroom, Ethiopian Airlines JustAskMiranda, Overslab Posters and The Las Vegas King Towers.

For more information, contact Miranda Roberson, justaskmiranda@yahoo.com / 301-257-1650, Arif Khatib, afrosportshall@aol.com / 510-508-3309.

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