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Florida Community College Activities Association Selects MDC Women’s Basketball Coach for Hall of Fame Induction

Induction ceremony will be held on Nov. 19 in Jacksonville, FL
Susan Summons

Susan Summons, Miami Dade College’s head women’s basketball coach and senior professor.

Miami, November 8, 2010 - Susan Summons, Miami Dade College’s (MDC) head women’s basketball coach and senior professor, has been selected for induction into the Florida Community College Activities Association’s Hall of Fame (FCCAA) Class of 2010. Summons will join other coaches being honored from around the state for a special induction ceremony on Nov. 19, 2010 in Jacksonville, FL.

The FCCAA Hall-of-Fame is comprised of administrators, coaches, advisors, officials, student/athletes, and other nominees that have contributed a minimum of ten years to FCCAA or one of its member institutions. The inductees have been selected by their peers on their merits of junior/community college contributions and achievements as well as significant accomplishments.

Joining Summons for the induction ceremony will be Jay Galbraith from Indian River State College and Victor Collazo from Valencia Community College.     

This isn’t the first major honor Summons has received this year. This fall, she was among 25 individuals being honored by the Institute for International Sport and the World Youth Peace Summit at its historical Ambassadors of Peace Dinner last month in Connecticut. The Ambassadors of Peace Dinner recognized 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. 

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 ssummons@mdc.edu.

 

Media-only contacts:
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Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359, tcarroll@mdc.edu, media specialist
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