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    JANUARY 20, 2005
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Dawn Staley takes center court

With the women’s basketball team currently at 13-3 overall and 5-0 in the Atlantic 10, head coach Dawn Staley could be focused only on the game, points and winning. Instead, she and the Lady Owls have included public service in their season, for which Staley has been recognized with several recent awards.

In December, Staley and the team adopted a needy family for the holidays. All of the team members and the staff bought presents, paid out of their own pockets, for a family with six children living in the Acts Christian Transitional Services Shelter — where the Dawn Staley Foundation holds an annual Thanksgiving dinner.  

Just days into the new year, Staley was chosen to receive the 2005 WOMAN ONE Award in recognition of her community and public service endeavors. The WOMAN ONE Award is presented annually by the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership to “the woman who, by the influence of her actions and the excellence of her example, inspires women of all ages to reach for the highest standards of health and human behavior.”

On Jan. 13, Temple and the women’s basketball team hosted 4,311 school-age children from local Philadelphia schools for the Third Annual Dawn Staley School Day at the Liacouras Center, where the students took part in coaching clinics, trivia, music and reading programs. There, Staley was commended by a number of Temple and local leaders, including Robert E. Trumain, president and CEO of Health Partners, who presented the Dawn Staley Foundation with a check for $20,000; State Senator Shirley Kitchen, who presented Staley with a citation from the state senate; and Representative Jewell Williams’ Chief of Staff Kevin Lamb, who presented her with a special declaration from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

Temple Senior Vice President Clarence Armbrister recognized Coach Staley on behalf of Philadelphia Mayor John Street, and Temple Partnership Schools Executive Director John DiPaolo presented her with a gift. Staley also received a proclamation from Athletic Director Bill
Bradshaw on behalf of the Philadelphia City Council in recognition of her contributions and achievements.

Staley named Athlete of the Year
In addition to being recognized for her service to the Philadelphia community, three-time Olympic gold medalist Dawn Staley has been named USA Basketball’s 2004 Female Athlete of the Year. This is the second Athlete of the Year award for Staley, the Olympic team captain who also was the U.S. Olympic Team flag bearer for the 2004 Summer Games’ opening ceremony, making her eligible for the 2004 U.S. Olympic Committee Female Athlete of the Year Award, to be announced later this year.