May 23, 2012

Hoopaholics recognized for excellence

Filed under: General News — gerry @ 2:12 pm

cropped photo hoops.jpg The Hoopaholics Senior Women’s 3-on-3 basketball team was recognized at the Athletes Celebration of the Northwest Louisiana District Senior Olympics May 23 at Harrah’s Louisianaa Downs. Team members are (seated from left) Betsy Williams and Judy Emberton and (midrow) Cay Evans, Cheryl Wieser, Pam Eakins and Pauline Barbo and (back row) Lin Gamble, Marjorie Heath and Mary Parsons. Donna Shield, MaryNell Hawley and Coach Eva Gamble were unable to attend. Click photo to enlarge.

The Hoopaholics Senior Women’s 3-on-3 basketball team was in the spotlight at the Athletes Celebration which brought to a close the 20th edition of the Northwest Louisiana District Senior Olympics May 23 at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs’ Sky Room.

The team is made up of senior women from Shreveport and the Ark-La-Tex and have been in existence for the past eight years.

“The Hoopaholics have represented our area with style and grace,” said Gerry Robichaux of the District steering committee in introducing the team.  ”The In Recognition of Excellence certificate we are giving these ladies says each of them and the team are to be commended for presenting such an excellent example of the values of remaining active, maintaining fitness and continuing the pursuit of excellence in sports for women of all ages.” Robichaux noted that the team has been active in the community making special appearances to shut-in and hospitalized children and adults.

Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame member and Hoopaholics player Lin Gamble, who was an NAIA All-America in her playing days at Ouachita Baptist College and represented the USA in World University Games and the Pan American Games in 1971, noted each of her teammates’ accomplishments by way of introduction to the gathering. Included in the group were Mary Parsons and Pauline Barbo, members of the famous All-American Redheads barnstorming teams of the 1950-70s.

Others recognized were Cay Evans, the LSUS professor who was instrumental in putting the team together in 2004, Pam Eakins, Betsy Williams, Judy Emberton and Marjorie Heath. Donna Shields, Mary Nell Hawley and coach Eva Gamble were unable to attend but were recognized.

The Hoopaholics, who conduct a 3-on-3 tournament each fall at LSUS, have won several district and state Senior Olympics titles and last year were runnersup to a team from San Diego in the National Senior Games in Houston in the 60-65 age bracket.

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