Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The Red-Headed Nurse

The Job Blog of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution tells the story of one of the All-American Redheads, Becky Harp Pritchett, who played for the team from 1965-1969.

“Oh my goodness, it was so exciting being in the stadium and seeing the Atlanta Dream,” Pritchett said. “It was all I could do not to jump down on the court and start playing. Watching them, you just wanted to get back into it.”

It was a humbling experience for Pritchett. “We got a standing ovation. It was such an honor.”

Pritchett’s five-year-old granddaughter was in attendance and heard stories about her grandmother’s exploits with the Red Heads for the first time.

“I guess you can see we got the ball rolling for teams like the Atlanta Dream, by showing that women could get out there and compete on par with men,” she said.

Pritchett is now an emergency-room nurse in Eastman, Georgia. I'm sure that Ms. Pritchett knows the meaning of the words "crunch time".

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