Ann Meyers Drysdale

Ann Meyers Drysdale was the first player to be part of the U.S. national team while still in high school. She was the second woman to be signed to a four-year athletic scholarship for college, at UCLA. She was also the only woman to sign a contract with a National Basketball Association team, the Indiana Pacers (1979).

Meyers currently serves as vice president for the Phoenix Suns and Mercury. For over 26 years, she served as a network television sports analyst for ESPN, CBS, and NBC. Meyers is a Board Member for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, which is named after Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive back Ronnie Lott, and is given annually to college football's Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year.

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Title IX has impacted my life and career through sports, getting a basketball scholarship to UCLA and getting a free education. Which opened the door to some wonderful classes and professors at UCLA, that geared me towards a career in broadcasting. And being around SO many people in the sports/basketball business, was able to parlay that into being an executive in Phoenix with the Mercury and Suns. And now putting it all into a book. ALL because of the women before me that opened doors and coming along at the same time as Title IX.

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