Suns Ann Meyers Drysdale to Receive Honor
Suns broadcaster and vice president, Ann Meyers Drysdale is no stranger to making an impact.
Prior to putting on the headset and taking a seat in the front office, she had a huge effect on women’s athletics as a two sports athlete at UCLA. She was the first female student-athlete to receive a full scholarship to the storied university, won a pair of national titles in two different sports (Track and Field and Basketball), won a silver medal in the 1976 Olympics and also became the first and only female to ever sign a free agent contract with an NBA team.
Although her playing days have ended, her ability to reach people didn’t. As a broadcaster both locally and nationally, Ann has proven just what dedication and determination can accomplish.
It are those attributes and many others that led the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) to name Meyers Drysdale the 2014 Dick Enberg Award winner.
"Ann Meyers Drysdale stands as one of the nation's outstanding three-sport stars, so skilled in basketball that the NBA offered her a tryout," Enberg said of this year's recipient. "Ann epitomizes the qualities of the true student-athlete, dedicated and fully appreciative of the rich results stemming from excellence in the classroom and the athletic arena. She was an early model for women in collegiate sports, and I'm deeply pleased that she has accepted the 2014 Enberg Award."
The Suns broadcaster is more than happy to receive the prestigious award.
"I am absolutely thrilled and honored to receive this great award," Meyers Drysdale said of the Enberg honor. "I have so much respect for Dick and everything that he has done in his career. This is an incredibly huge honor in my life and one I am extremely humbled to receive from one of my dearest friends."
Meyers Drysdale becomes the 18th recipient of the award since it’s creation in 1997. It will be given out at Capital One Academic All-America Hall of Fame Ceremony on Monday, June 9th.
For more information on the award and past recipients click here.