Red Heads to Hall of Fame: Sarah's Stories

4 years 1 month 3 weeks ago June 04, 2012 Jun 4, 2012 Monday, June 04 2012 Monday, June 04, 2012 12:57:00 PM CDT in News
By: Sarah Hill

Macon - The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA recently inducted the All American Red Heads, the only women's team to receive such an honor. Created in Cassville in 1936, the group was a professional women's basketball team up until 1986. KOMU 8's Sarah Hill recently had a chance to interview these former athletes and for these mothers and grandmothers, a Hall of Fame induction isn't the Red Heads' only bragging right.

"Everyone had red hair. Only our hair dresser knew which ones was real," said Lynn Thomas, a former All American Red Head in the 1970's.

Thomas' team from 1971 to 1973 played 206 games and only lost 6 with 96 consecutive wins in 96 days.

"While the men we played were out resting at half time, we were out putting on a show," said Brenda O'Bryan Koester.

The Red Heads' greatest accomplishment might have to do with their children and grand children .
The former players are also teaching the younger generation how to play.
Krisha Burk, daughter of Kay Kay O'Bryan Burk, is learning how to do some of her mom's signature moves.
Recently Krisha Burk received three medals in the Special Olympics 50 and 100 meter walk.

"She's been competing since she was 6 years old and she's 31 years old now," said Kay Kay Burk. "I still do a lot of things with her and she still loves to do a lot of things with me, especially when it comes to the All American Red Heads. She's part of it."

Far greater than any Hall of Fame induction is a mother proud of her daughter.
Krisha is already learning from her mother by regularly sinking baskets. Krisha may be brunette but she shoots...like a red head.

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