Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts to keynote Edinboro University’s Celebration of Women’s Athletics09/08/2011
EDINBORO, Pa – Edinboro University’s commemoration of 85 years of women’s varsity athletics continues next week with a highly anticipated scholarship banquet featuring Robin Roberts, popular co-anchor of ABC’s Good Morning America.
Roberts, in addition to her role as a respected news anchor and three-time Emmy Award-winning journalist, is also a distinguished college athlete. Her appearance at the Saturday, September 17 banquet at the Ambassador Conference Center in Erie will help the University raise $85,000 for women’s athletic scholarships and guarantee a continued bright future for women’s sports at Edinboro.
Edinboro University, the first of the Pennsylvania colleges to be invited to join the National Women’s Athletic Association, has been observing 85 years of women’s athletics by bringing together past, present and future athletes to celebrate this year-long significant milestone.
In addition to being a highly respected journalist, Roberts was a record holding basketball player at her alma mater, Southeastern Louisiana University.
Roberts, who is one of only four players to score more than 1,000 points and rebounds at Southeastern Louisiana, found that her passion for sports crossed over into her journalistic career when she became sportscaster for ESPN in 1990. Her love of the game and enthusiasm for women’s athletics was readily apparent in her work. It wasn’t long before Roberts was drawing the attention of the major networks, landing in 2005 as a co-anchor on ABC’s popular morning news and entertainment show. In 2006, she was named by the NCAA as one of the top 100 most influential student athletes. Recently, it was announced at the 2011 WNBA All-Star Game that Roberts will be inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame this fall for her impact on women’s basketball.
Today, nearly 150 women student athletes participate in 10 women’s varsity sports at Edinboro. While the program has grown exponentially in the past 85 years, women athletics still only receive about one-half the scholarship support that male student athletes receive. As a result, the additional scholarship funds raised through the September 17 banquet will allow for more women student athletes to achieve both on and off the field.
The celebration dinner will be held September 17 at 7 p.m. at the Ambassador Conference Center. Tickets for the banquet are still available and can be purchased through the University Advancement or Athletics Offices by calling 814-732-1779 or 814-732-1823, by logging on to either: