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MDC Women’s Basketball Coach to be Honored by the Institute for International Sport

Susan Summons

Miami, September 21, 2010 - Susan Summons, Miami Dade College’s (MDC) head women’s basketball coach and senior professor, will be among 25 distinguished individuals being honored by the Institute for International Sport and the World Youth Peace Summit at its historical Ambassadors of Peace Dinner on Friday, Oct. 22, 2010, at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. 

The Ambassadors of Peace Dinner will recognize Summons and others who have an appreciation for the scholar-athlete and sportsmanship initiatives promoted by the Institute and the World Peace Youth Summit. The Institute and the newly-established World Youth Peace Summit aims to develop current and former scholar-athletes from around the world into successful peace advocates. 

Now in its second year, the World Peace Youth Summit will host a series of events next month – including the Peace Dinner - at the University of Connecticut in conjunction with the World Scholar-Athlete Games. The event is expected to draw more than 30,000 students from across the globe and 150 foreign ambassadors, as well as members of Congress. 

A veteran educator, leader and public speaker, Summons has been actively involved in World Peace Youth Summit’s other initiatives since its birth last year. Earlier this summer, she was selected to attend a historic reception at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., to announce the World Youth Peace Summit. She has delivered numerous presentations at various Institute programs, which organization representatives believe played a huge role in its success to date. 

Summons’ accomplishments are many. She was named one of the Top 100 Most Influential Sports Educators in America by the Institute for International Sports. She has served as an ambassador and coach of the inaugural World Scholar-Athlete Games and is a nationally acclaimed sports educator, hall of fame coach and player, professor, master teacher, author and internationally renowned motivational speaker. 

In addition, Summons was the first African-American woman at the community college level to serve as assistant coach for the U.S. Olympic Sports Festival Team (Bronze Medal), a floor coach at the USA World Championship Trials, and an assistant coach for the USA National European Select Team Tour (Israel, France). 

She was a pioneer in the first Women’s Professional Basketball League, the WBL, where she played for the New England Gulls. Coach Summons was also a 2009 Pulitzer Prize nominator for the book The Encyclopedia of Sports Parenting by Dan Doyle. 

To contact Susan Summons, call 305-237-2378, or e-mail at

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