Ann Meyers Biography
Athletic As An Adolescent, Broke Gender Barriers, Chronology, Sports Career Played To Conclusion, Awards And AccomplishmentsCONTACT INFORMATION
American basketball player
Basketball trailblazer Ann Meyers takes her hall-of-fame distinction to new limits, with eight enshrinements—including the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, California Youth Organization High School Hall of Fame, Orange County Hall of Fame, California High School Hall of Fame, National High School Hall of Fame, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) Hall of Fame, Women's Sports Hall of Fame, and Women's Basketball Hall of Fame. A three-time recipient of the most valuable player (MVP) award in high school, she lettered in seven sports. As a college player Meyers made the Kodak All-American team for each of the four years of her career. She is both a Broderick Cup athlete and an Olympic medallist, and she left twelve all-time women's basketball records at UCLA.
As the first pick in the inaugural draft of the Women's Basketball League (WBL), Meyers made a career of first-time athletic accomplishments: most notably as the first high school student to earn a spot on the U.S. national basketball team, first woman to receive a full basketball scholarship to UCLA, the first woman to sign as a free agent with the National Basketball Association (NBA), and the first woman to be nominated for induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame. An unforgettable role model of modern women's sports history, Meyers set the standard for women's athletics in the final quarter of the twentieth century.
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