ARLINGTON, TX – The Dallas Wings will honor basketball Hall of Famer and legend Nancy Lieberman on Sunday, June 11 during the team’s game against the Minnesota Lynx. Nancy is a true pioneer and cultural changer for women in sports. Her resume includes WNBA player and assisting coach of The Sacramento Kings, general manager, sports caster, author, speaker and two-time Olympian. Lieberman is also a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, The New York, Virginia and Hampton Roads Hall of Fames.
Lieberman’s basketball ties to Dallas include being the first draft pick for the Women’s Professional Basketball League Dallas Diamonds in 1981. In 1984, she led them to the WABA Championship and then served as the head coach of the NWBL, where she led the team to the championship in 2006. In 2009, she made history as the first female head coach in the NBA when she was appointed to lead the Texas Legends, the Dallas Mavericks’ NBA D-League team, a team she took to the playoffs in her first year. In 1997 – at the age of 39 – Nancy came out of retirement and was drafted by the Phoenix Mercury during the inaugural season of the Women’s National Basketball Association. She became the oldest player to ever play in the league. In 2008, Lieberman broke her own record when she returned to the WNBA for one game with the Detroit Shock at the age of 50.
In addition to advocating for women’s sports and the advancement of women in leadership, Nancy dedicates her time and skills to underserved youth through Nancy Lieberman Charities, which provides college scholarships to high school seniors, Dream Courts™ across the nation where kids can play safely and interact with their peers, provides laptops for children around the country and has basketball camps where over 3.9 million children have attended her camps and clinics in 37 years. Her work as an analyst for ESPN/ABC and an author of several books has helped her reach even more sports fans.
WNBA President Lisa Borders and Dallas Wings President and CEO Greg Bibb will recognize Nancy on court during halftime with a special presentation. Tributes to Nancy’s philanthropy and her hall of fame career will be shown throughout the game along with personal tributes from Dallas Wings players and coaches.
The Dallas Wings are offering $10 tickets in honor of Nancy’s #10 Phoenix Mercury jersey. Tickets are available in select sections using the promo code NANCYLDW10. Season memberships, ticket packages and individual tickets are available at dallaswings.com and by calling 817-469-9464.