On Friday, October 4, 2013, I was bestowed the humbling honor of being inducted along with 7 others (Lauren Fleshman, Jeffrey Hammonds, Keith Jones, Glyn Milburn, Anthony Mosse, Logan Tom and Brenda Villa), into the Stanford University Athletic Hall of Fame. The event was such an amazing affair, in an amazing venue, on an amazing campus with all of the inductees’ closest relatives, coaches, teammates, colleagues and friends. I hadn’t been back on campus since I graduated, so the nostalgia was overwhelming. Just exiting Embarcadero Road from the South 101 freeway brought back memories of my many exploits in the bay area.
Although I had arrived a day early, I didn’t get around much since I had my husband, Rock, daughter BreAzia (14) and son RJ (Rachman Jr., 16 months) in tow, and the flight was at the crack of dawn, I was exhausted upon arrival. Thursday was an unplanned rest day for me.
Friday started bright and early with a breakfast for the inductees and the Stanford Athletic Director Bernard Muir. A friendly and casual morning of reminiscing as well as updating one another on life after “The Farm”. Bernard took us on a tour of what would be the new Hall of Fame as well as the newly updated football offices. We even happened to catch the head football coach, David Shaw on his way into a football meeting. He was a student at Stanford for his last year when I came in as a freshman.
I was invited by Tara Vanderveer, my coach and current head coach of the women’s basketball team, to come to practice and speak to the team. I hadn’t been in Maples Pavillion since they renovated. I was told most of the updates were behind the scenes in the locker rooms and such, yet for me, most notable was the floor. The springs that once made people swear they had more hops while hooping in Maples, had been removed.
After watching the women’s basketball team practice, I had the chance to pass on some words of wisdom to the group. My points of emphasis were that they should cherish this moment. They have made maybe the best decision of their lives by choosing Stanford, for the education, the basketball experience and the opportunity to be coached by one of the best coaches in women’s basketball. Many times we find ourselves looking forward to another day and time, almost wishing away the present moment due to the obstacles, boredom or even unhappiness with the current circumstances. However, I impressed upon them to maximize this opportunity and try to make the most use of today. Also to try and understand what is their assignment in this moment. Why are they here going through these challenges in this time of their life, what are they supposed to be learning and how may they further serve the group? Considering that I’m long winded at times, I said a little more than that, yet I thought it prudent to paraphrase for you. I believe the message was well-received, and I was thankful for the opportunity to hopefully inspire them further.
Later Friday evening, was the moment we were waiting for, the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The venue was beautiful. A new building, the Bing Concert Hall, was perfect for the occasion because of it's lovely reception area that was bright and open with floor to ceiling windows, and the theater had a stage and movie screen with amphitheater seating. A short video was played of each player followed by an acceptance speech by the inductee and presentation of the award by a person of their choosing. I chose my coach, Tara to present mine, of course. I have included a video of my speech. You’ll need to turn the volume up to hear me, especially if you’re on a mobile device.
I have to take a moment to mention that I am also honored to join my great uncle the late Dr. Sebron “Ed” Tucker in the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame. He was the first African-American to play basketball at Stanford and in the then Pac-8 Conference. He’s not only in our family’s history, he is also part of Stanford and Pac-12 Conference history.
Afterwards, we stayed in the reception area, enjoying each other’s company, laughing, reminiscing and taking pics. My husband Rachman Crable, Sr. and children BreAzia and RJ, my mother Jacqueline Scott EdD, MBA and friend Bruce, father Stephan Scott, MBA and his wife Leigh, brother Stephen (sister couldn’t make it), best friend Kelli and her husband James, one of my line sisters Kisha (Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.) and Tara all seemed so genuinely happy to share this moment with me. I was so glad they were there.
Saturday was the last day of the weekend’s events and the day of the big football game versus Washington. At half-time the Hall of Fame Inductees were announced again. My family came with me to the game. It was a close one, but the Cardinal pulled it off, maintaining our #5 national ranking!
Now that the weekend is over, and I’ve come down from the high of being back on the campus of the best university in America (according to Forbes) and inducted into the Hall of Fame, I’ve had a moment to reflect on it’s meaning. For me, I’m taking away most of all, two things: one, my daughter was so excited and inspired by the trip which makes me thankful that she was able to attend and receive the motivation that was intended; secondly, I’m appreciative that my hard work, dedication and sacrifice were acknowledged and rewarded, because we don’t always receive recognition for our contributions. This was the perfect culmination and pinnacle to a long basketball career.
Now I’m on to my next act, which is partially in transition because I'm currently devoting a lot of time and attention to my family’s needs. They did a great job of supporting me as we traveled the globe living in 6 countries during my professional basketball career. Now it’s my turn to be the background to their foreground, ensuring they are able to fully pursue their dreams, as they supported me in pursuing mine.
Personally, I believe my true legacy has just begun, because God was preparing me for my next assignment during my basketball career. All of the places I’ve lived and lessons I’ve learned are not for nothing, they will assist me in fulfilling my life's purpose which surely wasn't only to be a basketball player for the first third of my life. I still have work to do and I look forward with optimistic anticipation of what is to come!
Here's a link to the full album of pics of the weekend. Enjoy!