Sandra Ortiz-Del Valle had dreamed of becoming a referee

Sandra Ortiz-Del Valle had dreamed of becoming a referee in the National Basketball Association, but she never got any closer than officiating a few preseason scrimmages for the New Jersey Nets. Convinced that she was a victim of sex discrimination, she sued the league.
25 years ago after amazing perserverance a Federal jury in Manhattan agreed, finding that the league had denied her a job because she was a woman and awarding her $7.85 million in damages.
Ortiz-Del Valle, taught physical education and coached basketball at Humanities High School on West 18th Street in Manhattan, before retirement.

Ortiz-Del Valle’s lawyers introduced documents that showed that the N.B.A. had given her high marks as a referee. One such document, a scouting report to Darell Garretson, the chief of the league’s officiating staff, from Aaron C. Wade, another league official, described Ortiz-Del Valle as being in good physical condition, having ”excellent basketball officiating skills” and being ”very knowledgeable about rules.” Wade continued: ”I would not hesitate to recommend that at sometime in the near future she be considered to enter our training program.”


Ortiz Del-Valle, who now lives in Hillside, N.J., graduated from Bronx High School of Science and City College of New York, where she played forward and center on the women’s basketball team.
She had all the qualifications to be an N.B.A. referee, including officiating in top men’s amateur and professional basketball leagues for 17 years. She was a regular at the Rucker Tournament in Harlem. In fact, in 1991 she worked a United States Basketball League game and became the first woman in history to officiate a men’s professional basketball game. The uniform and whistle she used in the game are on exhibit at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.


She also officiated in men’s leagues on the Jersey Shore, in Westchester County and in the New York Pro-Am league.
But N.B.A. officials kept setting up new obstacles to hiring her, she said. She filed a complaint with the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 1995 and sued the league the next year.
Sandy made history and set a precedent for qualified women to be hired as referees in the NBA and other professional and amateur leagues around the world!
I am proud and honored to nominate Sandy for a place in the Bronx Basketball Hall of Fame!

Earl (GOAT) Manigault

A person loved by everyone in the Harlem Basketball Community. Before Muhammad Ali used the term Greatest of All Time ( GOAT) after defeating Sonny Liston, the term Goat originally was a nickname given to Earl to shorten his last name MANIGAULT and his signature dunk ( two hands behind the head).
After a period of social adjustment Earl returned to the community and with help from community leaders established the GOAT First Community Basketball tournament in Morningside Park (118th St) 1972. A lot of other up and coming young basketball players were given a platform to display their talents and advice from Earl . For over thirty years Earl provided this platform and gave out some of the largest trophies in the history of Basketball awards.
Earl is being inducted into the Real Harlem Basketball Players Hall of Fame class of 2022 during Harlem Week. Show your love and support for Earl Manigault.

Uit de wandelgangen

Nog even terugkomen op de situatie bij Donar. Hoe kan dit bestuur( de wandelgangen zeggen Martin de Vries) constant 4 a 5 jaar, zo slecht recruteren?? Budget is er genoeg, maar ontbreekt de kennis, of is het eigenwijsheid? Dit seizoen maar liefst 8 imports en 1 international. Plus Brandwijk en Koenis.
Dat is dus 1 jeugdspeler op de bank. De salarissen zijn de top in Nederland, zorg dan dat je dat goed besteed, ook naar je hondstrouwe fans toe. Waarom al die imports? Haal een paar internationals terug naar Nederland. Ook voor een coach is dit erg lastig , een torenhoog verwachtingspatroon waar niet aan te voldoen valt. Word een roerige kerstperiode, er komt ook nog een rechtszaak tegen Rudez aan, die 400.000 euro eist.

**Charlie Yelverton **

Played his high school basketball at Rice High School and was a highly recruited all -city performer! He then attended Fordham University and helped the Rams rise to national prominence under coach Digger Phelps. Charlie sometimes played with amnesia, because he would often forget he was only 6’2″, scoring over much taller players and repeatedly out-rebounding them to start fast-breaks.

He was drafted by the Portland Trailblazers and became a starter, playing along side Rookie-of-the Year, Sidney Wicks.

During a game on February 1, 1972, Yelverton did not participate in pre-game warm-ups. Yelverton later told the New York Post his protest was in response to the Vietnam War and capitalism. Probably the first public political protest in basketball history did not go over well with the Trailblazers, or the NBA.
Portland head coach Roland Todd was fired the next day for failing to handle the situation and Yelverton went on to play 24 more games for the Blazers. He was waived on September 1972, shortly before the Blazers were scheduled to travel to Hawaii for a pre-season tournament between NBA and ABA teams.
Yelverton then headed to Europe, where he played with Olympiacos in Greece, and Ignis Varese in Italy. He helped Ignis Varèse to win the 1975 EuroLeague championship, and helped the same team to reach two more EuroLeague Finals, in 1978 and 1979. He also won the 1978 Italian League championships, while in Varèse.
On February 3, 2008, Charlie Yelverton was selected among 105 players nominated for the 50 Greatest EuroLeague players of all time. He still lives in Italy where he was able to pursue his other passion, and became quite an accomplished jazz saxophonist!