03/20/2023 Campus Events McMurry News

(Abilene, Texas – date) – On March 23, 2023 McMurry University will hold its 10th Annual Women’s Leadership Luncheon with guest speaker Sheryl Swoopes, Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) star often known as the “female Michael Jordan”. The event will begin at  11:30 a.m. in the Kimbrell Arena, and all proceeds from this event benefit the Dr. Sandra S. Harper Women’s Leadership Scholarship at McMurry.

Swoopes was the first player signed to the WNBA, and with the introduction of the Nike Air Swoopes in 1995, Sheryl became the first female athlete to have a Nike Signature Shoe named after her. Sheryl is a three-time Olympic Gold Medalist, four-time WNBA Champion, and a NCAA National Champion.

“We are excited to have Sheryl Swoopes as our guest for the 10th Women’s Leadership Luncheon,” University President Dr. Sandra S. Harper said. “It is special to be celebrating 10 years of this luncheon alongside our university’s Centennial, and we are honored to have her join us.”

The Dr. Sandra S. Harper Women’s Leadership Scholarship is given out at the luncheon to a traditional and non-traditional student who have demonstrated women’s leadership on campus and in their community. Over the past 10 years, 17 scholarships have been awarded to students.

The luncheon was previously held in the Mabee Room in the campus center, but as it is undergoing renovations, the event will be held in Kimbrell Arena. The Kimbrell Arena allows for almost double the space and tables for the event, making this the largest Women’s Leadership Luncheon to date.

The luncheon brings together women from across the Abilene and McMurry community to celebrate their achievements and recognize student’s talent. This year, the entire McMurry Women’s Basketball team has been invited and will help greet and seat guests as they enter. Swoopes will also speak at a student forum after the luncheon in the Ryan Recital Hall where students will have the opportunity to ask questions and speak with her.


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