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March 11, 2016 - Ann Meyers Drysdale, a pioneer in women's basketball and longtime member of the American Sportscasters Association (ASA), has been elected to the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame. Meyers will be inducted at the 44th annual Induction Banquet on June 23 in Troy, Mich.
Her name was introduced to the Hall of Fame Committee by ASA President Lou Schwartz in November 2015 as someone of Polish descent who deserves to be in this Hall of Fame.
Ann became the first female student athlete to receive a full scholarship to UCLA and went on to become a four-time All-American who led the Bruins to a National Championship in 1978. She was an integral part of the U.S. Olympic team that won the Silver Medal in 1976, the number one draft pick of the women’s Pro Basketball League in 1978 and was named co-MVP of the league in 1980.
An ASA member for over 20 years, Ann has done color commentary for all the major networks. She covered the 1984 Olympics for ABC, the 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 Games for NBC and has worked various assignments for ESPN since 1983. She is currently a color analyst for the Phoenix Suns and the Vice President of the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury.
This is seventh Hall of Fame that Ann has been elected to. Others include the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame in 1988, the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993 and the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2007.
On Ann’s election, ASA President Lou Schwartz stated: “I was delighted to learn that the Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame has recognized Ann Meyers Drysdale as one meriting induction into their prestigious Hall of Fame.”
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