Rebecca Lobo grew up just a mere 15 miles away from the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Southwick, Massachusetts.
Lobo was named a part of the Induction Class of 2017 this month in Phoenix at the Men’s Final Four. Even though she grew up so close to the Hall, basketball has brought her all around the world.
This is her final stop.
A Western Massachusetts star at Southwick High School, Lobo held the state record in points with 2,740. That was a record that was untouched for around 20 years.
Her next stop was Storrs, Connecticut.
When she chose to play for Geno Auriemma in 1991, the dynasty that is UConn Women’s basketball was born. On their way to a perfect season, Lobo led the team to the first of their 11 program’s national titles in 1995. Along with her championship, Lobo soared individually by sweeping all major awards. From All-American to AP National Player of the Year.
Lobo success at the college ranks led her to the USA National team that won gold in Atlanta.
Then, basketball led Lobo into being a pioneer.
That is what a Hall of Famer is defined as; their impact on the game of basketball. Lobo was one of the founding players of the WNBA in 1997.
She made the dream of basketball real for so many lady hoopers across the country.
Now, this isn’t the first lifetime achievement Lobo has had at the Hall. In 2003, she married Steve Rushin, a long time writer for Sports Illustrated, in the very room where she will be announced as a Hall of Famer in September.
As she returns for Enshrinement Weekend, those 15 miles traveled from Southwick to Springfield will be a full circle ending to an astounding basketball career.