2022 March Celebration of Black History on Olympic VB Teams V1_


What does Black History mean to you?

Black History Matters to ME!

Because i believe we all need to learn more about history…history from the first 1964 Olympics as that year was the first Games that had volleyball and the Japanese women won the Gold over Russia with USA finishing 5th and than 8th in 1968, not qualifying in 1972 and 1976. However, we were picked to win the GOLD in 1980 but a Boycott stopped that dream but in 1984 the dream team of women’s volleyball finished with a Silver Medal under the direction of Dr. Arie Selinger.

In celebration of all the many Olympics over the years …i decided to create a 10-minute video to highlight all the black volleyball players that have truly blessed our sport by their exceptional ability to make a difference in our sport. Beginning with Verneda Thomas in 1964 and we quickly saw an enormous talent in 1980 with Flo Hyman and Rita Crockett along with Rose Magers with all three playing a major role in the success of the 1984 Olympic Team.

Please take 10 minutes to learn more about these 27 Black (AfroAmerican, color) athletes that are not only outstanding volleyball players but individuals that have contributed in 12 of the 13 appearances over the 15 Olympic Games.

Flo Hyman Texas Sports Hall of Fame Flo Hyman Flo Hyman Teammates and Coaches Jake Licht Sports Imports Rose Magers-Powell Ruth Lawanson Penny Lucas-White American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Ray Gooden Kim Oden Elaina Oden Beverly Oden Rita Crockett Deitre Collins-Parker Prikeba Phipps Tara Cross-Battle Brian GimmillaroDanielle Scott Demetria Sance Tayyiba Haneef-Park Oly Ogonna Nnamani Silva Kim Marie Willoughby Kim Glass Destinee Hooker Foluke Akinradewo Alisha Glass Chiaka Ogbogu Russ Rose Karch Kiraly Karch Kiraly Toshi Yoshida