Lynette Woodard

Posted: February 17, 2013 in Digital Media 1

In 1959 in Wichita, Kansas, Lynette Woodard came to life. This talented woman basketball player is a well deserved candidate for me to create a Black History month celebration/informative poster on. All the information relevant information and main imagery I want for her and my other two choices are in a previous blog, but I’ll sum it up again.

Unlike Gale Sayers, Lynette Woodard stayed in Wichita, Kansas to grow up. When she was attending Marshall Junior High School she declined an offer from the basketball coach of Wichita North High to join the school’s junior varsity team. At 5′ 11″, she joined the team the next year. As a sophomore in 1975, she led her high school team to a 5A state championship.

She received recognition as an all-American high school team member nationally 2 years later. Like Gale Sayers, she attended the University of Kansas, but as a basketball player this time. Her and her team went on to win the Big Eight Championship 3 consecutive years with a 108-32 record from 1978 to 1981. She still holds an unchallenged records. One of which includes a scoring total of 3,649 points in four years.

The 1980 Olympic women’s basketball team included her but the team did not play. However, she was on the 1984 team and they did play, winning gold at the Olympics. In 1985, she became the first female Harlem Globetrotter and performed with them for two years before going on to play professionally on teams in Japan and Italy. Lynette Woodard was inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in 1990.

In 1997 she signed on with the Cleveland Rockers to play in the newly formed Women’s Nation Basketball Association. She held a variety of athletic directer jobs for different schools before becoming a financial consultant in Wichita.

http://www.kshs.org/kansapedia/lynette-woodard/12244

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