Did you miss hearing BWSF founder Tina Sloan Green’s speech when she was recently inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame? Well don’t fret. Here’s a transcript of her speech. Read it and be encouraged and amazed.
“I thank the Philadelphia Hall of fame Committee for this honor. I would like to congratulate all of the inductees and their families. I am blessed to be able to share this moment with family and friends in the city I love, Philadelphia.
My induction is symbolic. Symbolic of "The Power of education and sport as a change agent." I am an outcome. Who would have thought that this black girl from Elmwood, (Eastwick), would learn to play field hockey at Girls High and Lacrosse at West Chester and achieve all those wonderful things you see in your program.
Successful Head Coach, University Full Professor, Mother, Wife, Founder, President and Executive Director of a thriving nonprofit Corporation, former co- owner of a transformational FH hockey camp, international sports ambassador, and community advocate. In Spite of my race and gender, I was given an opportunity to play on the field and in the board room.
My hope is that the next generations of Philadelphia students will have these same opportunities, the right to a quality education and the right to play a variety of sports regardless of race or economic means.
I have a lot of people to thank for giving me opportunities.
First, I thank God for giving me athletic and academic ability.
I thank my parents who provided a nurturing, spiritual home environment with unconditional love.
I thank all of my CARING Coaches/Teachers, like Jane Weitzenhoffer (GH), Vonnie Gross( WC), who recognized and cultivated my talents.
I thank Lincoln University for giving me collegiate coaching/teaching experience with an afro centric focus.
I thank Presidents Marvin Wachman, Peter Liacouras, Dean Ione Vargus, John Chaney and many others for supporting my work at Temple University.
Very special thanks to all my former Athletes and students, their parents, assistant coaches who believed in our program and in me. They made me look good.
Many of my assistant coaches and athletes have excelled in their chosen careers and have become my friends and advisors. Some West Chester Classmates and teammates have been and continue to be instrumental in my success.
Being a pioneer is not an easy task,
However, I have a wonderful support system consisting of family, colleagues and friends , who have kept me in the game. Some are here.
Nancy Kirby, a founder of the Association of Black Women for Higher Education. Nancy has such keen intellect, much history and is a strategic thinker.
I thank my Delta Sorors, and other sorority and fraternity sisters and brothers. I thank my BWSF Family, who are very accomplished women and men in the world of sport.
A Special Thanks to my Family-
My husband Frank, a native CharlestonIan and Tuskegee Alum, my in house publicist, PR consultant, astrologist , comedian, big idea person, friend. He made me take risks.
My children, Traci and Frankie, both tennis coaches. Traci head women’s tennis Coach at Harvard and Frankie a teaching pro in the Philadelphia area. They have made us proud and have not forgotten their roots. They try to keep me young and in the know.
And last but not least, my oldest Brother Norwood, Prostrate Cancer Survivor and Former Community Outreach Cancer .Ambassador for the State of Delaware and sisters, Leonette and Bea all there for me when I need them the most.
In closing I thank you again for this honor. I leave you with this lesson learned.
Don't judge a book by its cover."