True trailblazer: Ann Meyers Drysdale
Opened door for future female athletes
- Duration 3:33
- Date Jun 13, 2012
Opened door for future female athletes
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And Meyers drysdale made history when she became the first female ever to earn -- athletic scholarship to division one school when shortly after that.
She made headlines again becoming the first and only woman to -- a deal.
With the NBA.
But and success didn't come easy she face some serious trials on the weight loss of two siblings and untimely death of her husband dodger great Don Drysdale.
But through it all she's never met an obstacle she couldn't overcome.
Sharing that story in the new book about her life titled you -- some -- beat you up like that go to great title and good to see.
Thank you congratulations on all your accomplished I appreciate it that your book is really about some of the sacrifice and some of the sadness and -- -- like it's.
But yeah -- look at it is more hope know we all face adversity in their life they'll struggles with things but.
You know it's not having dreams and people are going to tell you can't do something not good enough you know pretty enough and UT shouldn't slow you too short you can't do this can't do that but.
If you have a dream.
You can accomplish if want to bug talking about you in particular see your viewer your outstanding basketball player and -- -- -- -- the boys early on.
He got this very difficult for you correct well I have five Brothers and five sisters grew up -- family of eleven my dad played -- -- my cat.
And so we have the support of our parents -- for the goat cheese in the -- exactly but.
You know we had a good work ethic to and my brother David played at UCLA played for coach -- on his last championship team and I grew up playing against boys certainly there were times I went home it was tees and so forth but to me that made me a stronger person to.
I think makes the decisions that I did later on in life is so you hurt your time going to college was interesting because -- the first full scholarship and this is right around when title nine was.
Coming and I play.
Explain what that is -- now we're on the fortieth anniversary of that.
Yeah and for -- title -- who's to say that I would even got a scholarship to -- university like that because I couldn't afford it.
Coming from a -- like that but.
It opened the door for me to get an education is no question and he'll be in the right place at the right time as a soft point UCLA when we went to the Olympics the first time they had women's basketball the Olympics and 76.
And then -- won a championship.
My senior year UCL -- it was a number one draft and WBL had the opportunity -- with the pacers and you know things just opened up how do you feel about -- which today we know that the you know tennis is -- is sustainability video PGA shall try to get a -- the WNBA hasn't.
Really turned a profit yet are you still optimistic but the WNBA and its sixteen season is better than the NBA was in their sixteenths he's.
So I think we don't compare to the NBA of today in like a to a -- timeline has spent an awful lot but there's still a ways to go.
With gender equity justice there it's in race relations and you have three children.
Are they all athletically inclined well they all played sports and Don was a wonderful father -- So fortunate that he came and in my life and Don juniors going to ASU and -- Sunday -- junior college and down her daughter drew is at UCLA is so very proud of all three of them I think expectations by others because for their parents are.
But they've all been very success.
Well the second picture and we got sports you don't think you would have the ability to get through some of the tougher times in your life off the court I -- sports is a great teaching tool about life is no question you know coach wooden used to say.
That's -- -- teach you character it reveals character and that's that's -- just gives you so -- lifeless.
Well you say every day women come up to you and they say that's my story to you can read -- about it in your new book.
And Meyers drysdale and you let some girl -- you of the title think he's continued success thanks.