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Felicia Hall Allen honored with Woman of Impact Award by BCA

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Nashville, Tenn. (April 7, 2014) – Over the last 20 years Felicia Hall Allen has dedicated her life to enhancing the game that provided her the opportunity to pursue her dreams. A former student-athlete at the University of Iowa, Allen has been front and center at given back to all aspects of women’s basketball on and off the court.

It was this influence that came to mind when the leaders of the Black Coaches Association decided to present Allen with the first-ever Woman of Impact Award in during its’ honor luncheon – Women of Color in Our Game: A Celebration- at the 2014 Women’s Basketball Coaches Convention in Nashville.

Coquese Washington, head women’s basketball coach at Penn State University and BCA Board member, said that the BCA wanted to recognize Felicia’s significant contributions to grow the game over the last two decades.

UkQlYDNnv7OKyYGcRigSG-WVhn2Bp1xXM6hTA8nd5MU“From playing for the Iowa to executive positions with NIKE and the WNBA, to now providing legal representation, professional development and motivation to college coaches, Felicia’s positive influence continues to be felt far and wide across the landscape of women’s basketball.”

“She was the obvious choice,” said Carol Owens, BCA Board member and associate head coach at the University of Notre Dame. “Her involvement with the Ace program and her current association with coaches has impacted a lot of people’s lives. She is not even a coach but she is putting a lot of her time and money in to grow the game, enhance assistant coaches and she deserves a lot a credit for a lot of people’s success.”

The luncheon honored black female coaches whose commitment to women’s basketball has spurred the sport on to new heights.

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12 Coaches Awarded the UPLIFT Registration Scholarship

2014 NCAA Scholarship recipients and Sarah Sadowski of the NCAA.

2014 NCAA Scholarship recipients and Sarah Sadowski of the NCAA.


ncaa_logo_newCHARLOTTE, N.C. (April 3, 2014) – Felicia Hall Allen & Associates congratulates the 12 recipients of the UPLIFT Registration Scholarship sponsored by the NCAA. The scholarship covers the cost of registration for A Step Up Fort Lauderdale 2014, the professional development symposium for basketball assistant coaches which will be held May 2-4 at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina.

“We are privileged to support the career advancement and development of our future basketball leaders,” stated Felicia Hall Allen, CEO of Felicia Hall Allen & Associates and co-founder of A STEP UP. “This experience will answer any and all questions that they have had about the intercollegiate coaching profession and what it takes to be successful.”

Since 2011 the NCAA leadership development department has partnered with Felicia Hall Allen & Associates and A STEP UP to give new assistant coaches or those wanting to break into the coaching profession the opportunity to attend the three-day event.

“Educational opportunities like this are crucial to the maturation process of women’s basketball coaches,” said Curtis J. Hollomon, director of leadership development at the NCAA. “We are proud to assist in opening doors for these driven women, and are excited to watch as they grab the opportunity to succeed and continue the excellence within women’s intercollegiate basketball.”

This year’s recipients include: Danielle Beneby – assistant coach, Broward College; Brittany Christian – assistant coach, Cheyney University; Porche Grant – director of basketball operations, Coastal Carolina; Ashley Johnson – former student-athlete, Louisiana State University; Latara King – graduate assistant, Florida State University; Diana Martinez – head coach, Stonewall Jackson High School; Bridgette Mitchell – assistant coach, Wagner College; Ashley Roberts – senior student-athlete, University of Texas; La’Tavia Rorie – assistant coach, St. Francis University (Pa.); Tierra Rudd – assistant coach, Winston-Salem State University; Amber Smith – graduate assistant, University of Tennessee; Jocelyn Wyatt – assistant coach, Georgia State University

Candidates are chosen from a pool of applicants who are asked to submit a scholarship application and include a resume, a list of references and a personal statement outlining how they believe A STEP UP will enhance their professional development.

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