2011 Special Group Recognition
•The All-American Red Head were honored for their contributions to the game in a display at the Hall entitled "Trailblazers of the Game" during the 2011 Induction Weekend. Click Here to view the full 2011 Special Group Recognition Press Release.
•The All American Red Heads played for 50 years from 1936-1986, which is still the longest running women’s professional team. C.M. “Ole” Olson started the team and coached them until 1948; Orwell Moore purchased the team and became the new head coach of the Red Heads. Throughout the years the All American Red Heads played in all 50 states as well as Mexico, Canada, and the Philippines. The team has been featured in national magazines such as Life, Look, Sports Illustrated and Women’s Sports, and they were widely considered as the greatest women’s basketball team in the world.
•The Red Heads joined the Edmonton Grads and the Former Helms/Citizens Savings/Founders Bank as the only three groups recognized as “Trailblazer of the Game” by the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. The Edmonton Grads a basketball club founded by John Percy Page tallied a 502-20 record in 25 years of play. The Former Helms/Citizens Savings/Founders Bank was created in 1936 by Bill Schroeder and Paul Helms. The Foundation was established to select national championship teams and All-American teams in a number of
college sports including women’s basketball. 13 Helms Foundation members are also Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame inductees, including Lometa Odom who will be inducted this year.