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Hidden History: Celebrating Black History – Breaking Barriers in Women’s Basketball

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REVEREND DOCTOR MARTIN LUTHER KING JUNIOR WE'RE SPOTLIGHTING THE STORIES OF AFRICAN AMERICANS FROM EAST TENNESSEE WE BEGIN WITH A HOMETOWN GIRL

BORN AND RAISED IN KINGSTON SHE GREW TO BE A VETERAN WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYER AND IN THE MIDST OF INTEGRATION CAROLYN BUSH RODDY BUILT A STAR-STUDDED CAREER IN WOMEN'S SPORTS I HAVE TO GIVE MY GRANDMOTHER A LOT OF CREDIT TOO BECAUSE SHE WAS SUCH AN INFLUENCE ON MY LIFE SHE WAS A MOTIVATOR SHE WAS A DISCIPLINARIAN SHE WAS MY EVERYTHING DETERMINATION AND INSPIRATION WOULD END IN A STORIED CAREER FOR CAROLYN BUSH RODDY SHE ALWAYS TOLD US

YOU CAN DO AND BE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO BE JUST DON'T BE AFRAID OF FAILURE RODDY IS 20-19 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE HER CAREER STARTED AT ROANE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL I WAS THE FIRST BLACK TO EVER PLAY AT ROANE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL IT WAS INTEGRATION

SHE RECALLS BEING SHUNNED FROM ENTERING A RESTAURA NT WITH HER TEAM MY COACH, FREDDY PAUL WILSON, I LOVE HIM TO DEATH HE SAID IF SHE CAN'T GO THE REST OF THE TEAM'S NOT GOING IN AND WE STARTED TO GET BACK ON THE BUS HER SKILLS WOULD TAKE HER TO HIWASSEE JUNIOR COLLEGE IN 72

WHERE SHE WOULD DOMINATE WHILE AT HIWASSEE SHE WAS AWARDED THE TIGRETTE AWARD, BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER, BEST OFFENSIVE PLAYER AND MVP OF THE NATIONAL JUNIOR COLLEGE TOURNAMENT AND SHE WAS A NATIONAL JUNIOR COLLEGE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION ALL AMERICAN NOT ONCE BUT TWICE

ON TOP OF HER COLLEGIATE SUCCESS SHE WAS AN OLYMPIC TEAM FINALIST AS WELL AS A GOLD MEDALIST IN THE 1975 PAN-AMERICAN GAMES I PLAYED WITH PAT I PLAYED AGAINST PAT

MY FIRST ENCOUNTER WITH PAT WAS AT THE EAST AND WEST ALL STAR GAME AT STOKLEY YEAH THAT'S THE ONE LEGENDARY LADY VOLS COACH PAT SUMMITT AT FIRST WE WEREN'T CAUSE SHE DIDN'T LIKE ME AND I DIDN'T LIKE HER

BUT EVENTUALLY THEY FORMED A FRIENDSHIP WE PLAYED ON THE 1975 PAN AMERICAN TEAM TOGETHER INTERNATIONAL TEAM TOGETHER I WENT TO HER SUMMER CAMP SHE ALLOWED ME TO BE A COACH AT HER CAMP FOR 28 YEARS,

RODDY WENT ON TO PLAY OR THE DALLAS DIAMONDS IN THE WOMEN'S PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE EVERYTHING IN MY LIFE HAS BEEN IN GOD'S PLAN AFTER RETIREMENT IN 19-82

RODDY WENT ON TO COACH AT SEVERAL SCHOOLS AND HAS BEEN AN ADVOCATE FOR FEMALE ATHLETES

LAST YEAR SHE WAS ONE OF SEVEN WOMEN CELEBRATED IN DOWNTOWN KNOXVILLE — AS THEIR NAMES NOW FOREVER HOLD A PLACE IN THE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME RODDY TELLING US HOW IMPORTANT THAT MOMENT MEANT TO HER THIS HAS BEEN THE MOST REMARKABLE EXPERIENCE I'VE HAD IN A WHILE THE FIRST REMARKABLE EXPERIENCE WAS MY GRANDMOTHER SECOND WAS MEETING MY HUSBAND

THE THIRD WAS MY CHILDREN AND BASKETBALL HAS JUST BEEN MY LIFE HER SERVICE TO OTHERS CONTINUES TO THIS DAY BUSH RODDY CAN CURRENTLY BE FOUND WORKING AS A CASE MANAGER FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS WHILE WE CELEBRATE THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY IN THIS AREA

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