For a female basketball player and coach, what’s bigger than the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame?
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame honors exceptional basketball players, coaches, referees and executives of the game, men and women, worldwide.
Since 1959, just over 300 individuals and teams have been inducted.
The Basketball Hall of Fame was founded that year in Springfield, Mass., at Springfield College, where James Naismith invented the sport in 1891. It preserves the game’s history and promotes basketball by honoring the best of the best.
On Sunday, dozens of friends, co-workers and family members gathered to see Dawn Staley named among the best of the best.
“Every experience in my life has been purposeful and every person a teacher. I will take this as my final victory as a player,” Staley said at Sunday’s ceremony.
Staley was honored with Rick Pitino, who led Louisville to a national title in April, Gary Payton, a nine- time NBA All-Star, Jerry Tarkanian, Guy Lewis, Bernard King, Sylvia Hatchell, Roger Brown, Dr. E.B. Henderson, Oscar Schmidt, Russ Granik and Richard Guerin.