2017 Regional History Series: Newport Legend Donna LJ Murphy - Trailblazer in Women's Sports

Registration not required

Thursday, June 1, 2017

7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Newport Branch

Description

Donna LJ Murphy played basketball at Newport High School from 1972-76.  During her senior year she was named the “first” Miss Kentucky Basketball.  She averaged 35 points per game and 20 rebounds per game. She went on to become an All-American and graduate of Morehead State University, and their first female student-athlete to have her jersey retired. Donna LJ Murphy is a member of eleven Hall of Fames including the Kentucky Basketball Hall of Fame and the recipient of numerous honors.

She was the first forward drafted in the Women’s Professional Basketball League in 1980 and went on to play for the St. Louis Streak. After playing professionally and completing her graduate degree, she transitioned from player to coach. Her college coaching credits include the University of Kentucky, University of Florida, University of Memphis, Morehead State University, University of Cincinnati and she started the first women’s basketball program at Asbury University. She also coached at Lexington Christian Academy, Bryan Station High School, Lexington Traditional Magnet School and coached summer AAU and Exposure basketball.

Ms. Murphy epitomized the “student-athlete” role by graduating fifth in her class with honors from Newport High School, while excelling in three varsity sports. As a student-athlete at Morehead State University she graduated magna cum laude twice, with a BA in Communications/ Journalism with Teacher Certification, and a MHE in Counseling.  She currently serves as a Professor and Coordinator of Diversity Outreach at Bluegrass Community & Technical College in Lexington, Kentucky.

Join Newport sports legend Donna LJ Murphy as she discusses the challenges and rewards she encountered as an athlete….and learn how those experiences helped to shape her life and allow her to serve as an inspiration to many.  Her remarkable life, on and off the court, continues to have many cheering.

The 2017 Regional History Series runs in conjunction with the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition: Hometown Teams.  In addition to the Smithsonian exhibit, a companion exhibit was created by the Library to showcase the sports history of Newport, KY.  Those attending Regional History events prior to June 3 will be invited to enjoy a tour of the exhibition following the presentation.

Hometown Teams is made possible in Newport by the Kentucky Humanities Council, Inc.  This exhibit is part of the Museum on Main Street program, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and the Kentucky Humanities Council.  Support has been provided by the United States Congress.

Funding for each of the presentations in our 2017 Regional History Series was made possible through a mini-grant from the Kentucky Humanities Council and also through the generous financial support of The Friends of the Campbell County Public Library.

Registration Required

 

 

Age range: Adult

Snacks provided

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Donna LJ Murphy played basketball at Newport High School from 1972-76.  During her senior year she was named the “first” Miss Kentucky Basketball.  She averaged 35 points per game and 20 rebounds per game. She went on to become an All-American and graduate of Morehead State University, and their first female student-athlete to have her jersey retired. Donna LJ Murphy is a member of eleven Hall of Fames including the Kentucky Basketball Hall of Fame and the recipient of numerous honors.

She was the first forward drafted in the Women’s Professional Basketball League in 1980 and went on to play for the St. Louis Streak. After playing professionally and completing her graduate degree, she transitioned from player to coach. Her college coaching credits include the University of Kentucky, University of Florida, University of Memphis, Morehead State University, University of Cincinnati and she started the first women’s basketball program at Asbury University. She also coached at Lexington Christian Academy, Bryan Station High School, Lexington Traditional Magnet School and coached summer AAU and Exposure basketball.

Ms. Murphy epitomized the “student-athlete” role by graduating fifth in her class with honors from Newport High School, while excelling in three varsity sports. As a student-athlete at Morehead State University she graduated magna cum laude twice, with a BA in Communications/ Journalism with Teacher Certification, and a MHE in Counseling.  She currently serves as a Professor and Coordinator of Diversity Outreach at Bluegrass Community & Technical College in Lexington, Kentucky.

Join Newport sports legend Donna LJ Murphy as she discusses the challenges and rewards she encountered as an athlete….and learn how those experiences helped to shape her life and allow her to serve as an inspiration to many.  Her remarkable life, on and off the court, continues to have many cheering.

The 2017 Regional History Series runs in conjunction with the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition: Hometown Teams.  In addition to the Smithsonian exhibit, a companion exhibit was created by the Library to showcase the sports history of Newport, KY.  Those attending Regional History events prior to June 3 will be invited to enjoy a tour of the exhibition following the presentation.

Hometown Teams is made possible in Newport by the Kentucky Humanities Council, Inc.  This exhibit is part of the Museum on Main Street program, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and the Kentucky Humanities Council.  Support has been provided by the United States Congress.

Funding for each of the presentations in our 2017 Regional History Series was made possible through a mini-grant from the Kentucky Humanities Council and also through the generous financial support of The Friends of the Campbell County Public Library.

Registration Required

 

 

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