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History Comes Alive: The Women's Basketball Hall of Fame

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As it is Independence Day weekend, a time we celebrate the history of this great country known as the United States of America, I thought it might be a good time to look at a place that celebrates the great sport we write about here at Swish Appeal, women's basketball.

In June 1999, the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame was opened in Knoxville, Tennessee.  A 32,000 square foot facility, the WBHOF, totally devoted to just the game the way women play it; from the AAU and high school levels, through college ball, and on to the WNBA and international play.  As a comparison, the Naismith Hall of Fame devoted to men's basketball with a touch of women's ball, is just over 40,000 square feet.  So, you can imagine how much history is packed into 32,000 feet!

On the weekend of June 11-12 the Class of 2010 was inducted. An incredible group (Leta Andrews, Teresa Edwards, Rebecca Lobo, Gloria Ray, Teresa Weatherspoon and Chris Weller), they were honored for a lifetime of achievements in women's basketball

Karen Tucker is the Director of Basketball Relations, Programs and Communications for the WBHOF.  I recently had the pleasure to talk to Karen about the WBHOF, the Class of 2010, and more. 

The 2010 WBHOF class was one for the ages.  Talented yet humble, successful but giving, the six women in this class may have been the best class ever.  Karen and I discussed them.

Dishin & Swishin: Karen Tucker on 2010 Inductee Class. 

One of the most important events of the annual Hall of Fame induction weekend was instituted last year.  The Annual WBHOF 4Kay™ Run/Walk is held on induction ceremony morning,   It's a way for the women's basketball committee to not only help with improving Breast Cancer awareness, but it's a way to continue to celebrate Hall of Famer Kay Yow, who impacted so many other members of the WBHOF in so many ways.   Participants can register as a runner, walker, team or honorary participant.  Here's Karen on the event.

Dishin & Swishin: Karen Tucker on 4Kay Run/Walk

I regretfully have to admit, I have never been to the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.  However, by checking out their website, you can say how many incredible things are included in this place.  Two favorites of mine are the limo that the All American Redheads used to travel the country in, and the buckets that the Nuns of Immaculata college used to bang on to create noise that disrupted their opponents.  Karen talked about more of the exhibits in the Hall.  I guarantee you'll want to go after listening to her!

Dishin & Swishin: Karen Tucker on Exhibits in the WBHOF.

So when will the class of 2011 be announced, and when was the nominating and voting process?  Sooner than you think!  Listen to Karen.

Dishin & Swishin: Karen Tucker on 2011 Induction Announcement

Who will represent the Class of 2011?  Remember, players have to be retired for five years, coaches have to have coached women's basketball for 20 years, and a contributor has to have "significantly impacted the game of women's basketball."  The five year rule is what kept Teresa Edwards out so long.  She kept un-retiring! 

So who will be this year's inductees?  How about starting a list in the comments section?  I'll give you one to think about.  How about Val Ackerman?  Hmmmm......