June 8–10 in Knoxville, Tennessee legendary Miami Dade College Coach Professor Susan Summons will be honored as a WBL Trailblazer during the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be shown on WATCH ESPN online starting at 7PM on Saturday, June 9th.
Back in 1977 and again in ’78, Summons a 5–9 point guard, coached by Alfreda Harris, helped Roxbury Community College, located in the suburbs of Boston, to the National Junior College championship tournament.
Summons is heralded as Boston’s historically first African American Women’s Professional Basketball player(WBL) drafted in the 3rd round by the New Jersey Gems and later played for the New England Gulls from Roxbury Massachusetts. She was a six time MVP in the historical (B.N.B.L) Boston Neighborhood Basketball League. Summons was a two time Athlete of the Year for the Jeremiah E. Burke High school in Dorchester. She was an All American at Roxbury Community College where she led them to back-to-back State Championship Titles.
Summons has received numerous Coach of the Year and humanitarian honors, including National Coach of the Year and recently the 2018 Southern Conference Coach of the Year. Summons was All Conference, All State standout top collegiate player at Lamar University( Beaumont, Texas) ranked no. 2 in the State of Texas at that time behind Rosie Walker of Stephen F. Austin who was no. 1. Summons led Lamar University in scoring 18.0 points per game, 6.2 rebounds, and shot 50% from field for an AIAW/NCAA single game scoring record of 43 points against McNeese State.
The WBL was the first professional women’s basketball league in the United States. The New England Gulls in a game against the Nebraska Wranglers then the no. 1 team in the WBL went on a furious comeback with a balance attack, led by Althea Gwyn(21pts), Susan Summons, Chris Critelli, Jody Radjcula each had 20 points in a huge WBL Gulls win over the no.1 ranked WBL team for the win, but league play lasted for three seasons from 1978 to 1981 playing three seasons from 1978 to 1981.
“I am so proud of Coach Summons she is an amazing person and coach.” I really enjoy working with her, because of her intensity and dedication to the students and the game. She is one of the hardest working people that I know. And her motor is always running, driving and pushing for students to accomplish their goals.” Director of Recruitment, Medical Campus, Miami Dade College.
The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame will recognize the Women’s Professional Basketball League (WBL) for their contributions to the game with a display at the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame entitled “Trailblazers of the Game”. The WBL will join eight other teams and organizations that have been recognized as “Trailblazers of the Game.”
What: Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Induction and “Trailblazers of the Game Recognition.
When: Saturday, June 9th, 2018
Where: Knoxville, Tennessee
Details: Watch on ESPN Online starting at 7pm
Learn more about Coach Summons: Visit Susan Summons Website: www.susansummonsspeaks.com