Rebecca Lobo is officially a trailblazer…
The 42-year-old part-Spanish/part-Cuban former WNBA player and her fellow members of the 1996 US Olympic Team were recognized Saturday by the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.
WBHOF recognized Lobo and her teammates for their contributions to the game in a display at the Hall entitled “Trailblazers of the Game.”
The 1996 Olympic team, which defeated Brazil 20 years ago to clinch the gold medal, has produced 10 Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame inductees, including Lobo.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Atlanta Olympic Games.
The 1995-96 U.S. team went unbeaten on a domestic and foreign tour leading up to the Olympics.
Lobo was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2010.
At the induction ceremony, Lobo was introduced by her college coach, Geno Auriemma.
“No one in all the years that I’ve been there, has had the impact on the court and off the court, that Rebecca has had and has continued both in the WNBA, as being one of the founders, both as a representative of our university, as a member of the board of trustees, continuing to promote the game on ESPN, and all the other things that Rebecca has done to further the role model that she is, for all the young people that looked up to her, emulated what she has always been, a great student, a great athlete, a great person, someone that I’ve cherished to have had the opportunity to work with, and to call my friend, and now to call my boss,” said the former University of Connecticut coach.
Lobo was a member of the team that won the 1995 national championship, going 35–0 on the season in the process.
Lobo is currently working as a reporter and color analyst for ESPN with a focus on women’s college basketball and WNBA games.