June 10, 1998 |
Fourteen years . . . and the memory lingers, like a treasured snapshot in an old album. It's from the Pam and Paula McGee family album. But for one moment in the summer of 1984, it went into a few million albums. In the Forum, in the bedlam of cheers and the waving of thousands of little American flags, the women of the 1984 U.S. Olympic basketball team climb onto the platform and receive their gold medals.
April 20, 1985 |
It was one of the magic moments of the 1984 Summer Olympics--one that transcended the gold-medal winning performance by the U.S. women's basketball team. It was Pam McGee, U.S. team forward, on the award platform in the Forum, gold medal around her neck, searching for her twin sister, Paula, in the crowd. It was Pam and Paula minutes later, crying, embracing. And it was Pam putting her medal around Paula's neck. It was a spontaneous, loving gesture--a gesture that touched a nation.
June 16, 1985
USC's Ebonics Support Group will honor Mike Garrett and Lionel Hampton as outstanding alumni at its eighth annual Gala Dinner June 25 at the Bonaventure. Other alumni to receive awards include Robert Kennard, Pamela McGee, Paula McGee and Vivian Nash. The Ebonics Support Group was founded in 1976 to assist black and other minority students at USC with scholarships and financial aid. It has expanded its activities to include specific social human and professional needs of minority students.
December 13, 1985 |
USC's women's basketball team will play 11th-ranked Tennessee tonight at 5:45 at the Sports Arena. The Volunteers (5-1) have four starters from last season's 22-10 team but are led by a freshman, forward Bridgette Gordon, who is averaging 13 points a game. The team is coached by Pat Head Summitt, 1984 U.S. Olympic coach The fourth-ranked Trojans (6-1) are coming off a loss on the road to top-ranked Texas.
August 1, 1986 |
The phone rang one spring day at the home of one of Cal State Fullerton's newest volleyball recruits, Tammy Miller, then a senior at Riverside Poly High School. "Hello?" Tammy asked. The caller identified himself as Bill Cosby. Between giggles, Tammy began motioning desperately for her mother to summon her friends next door. Meanwhile, Cosby inquired about Tammy's sports interests and offered her half an hour's worth of advice on track from his own experience at Temple University.
December 13, 2002 |
Many players from USC's two-time national championship team would prove to be successful off the court, too. One of the more impressive post-basketball resumes belongs to guard Melissa Ward, a walk-on, who became an Air Force pilot and now works for United Airlines. She is one of eight African American female pilots for the airline, and the first and only African American female flight captain for a major passenger airline. "I wasn't trying to be the 'first' anything," Ward said.