Talladega, Alabama—Talladega College is preparing to host its Annual Leadership and All Sports Banquet. The banquet is an opportunity to inspire the leaders and athletes on the campus while preparing them for a global stage and exposing them to others who have already tread that path.

This year, the featured speaker is Yolanda Moore. Ms. Moore is a founding member and former basketball star player with the WNBA. Yolanda was deemed one of the top 15 U.S. high school female basketball players by USA Today and she was the Mississippi Gatorade Player of the Year.  Her dreams were nearly shattered when she became a teenage mother. However, because of a promise from her mother to help if she finished college, Yolanda went on to attend and graduate from the University of Mississippi.

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Despite the many set-backs of injury and personal challenges, Yolanda finished with the following honors: two first team All-Southeastern Conference selections, Associated Press All-American Honorable Mention, and Most Valuable Player in her junior and senior year. She now ranks as 9th on the Ole Miss Scoring Chart.

Following her collegiate career, she became one of the founding members of the WNBA.  Her stint with the WNBA also afforded her four playing seasons where she garnered two championships with the Houston Comets in 1997 and 1998.  She also played in Europe and Asia.  Ms. Moore was inducted into the Ole Miss Sports Hall of Fame in 2010 and she was named an SEC Great in 2012.  Following her Bachelor’s degrees in English and Radio & Television from Ole Miss, she obtained a master’s degree from Alcorn State University and she is completing an Education Specialist and PhD degree program.

The Leadership and All Sports banquet will be held Thursday, April 18th at 7 p.m. in the Tornado Alley Gymnasium.  Tickets are $10 per person and children 12 and under are free.  Tickets can be purchased in the Talladega College Business Office or online at www.eventbrite.com.  For more information, call 256-761-6224.

Yolanda Moore at TC

Contact:  Talladega College

Office of Public Relations/Mrs. Nicola Lawler

Telephone:  256-761-6207

E-mail: nllawler@talladega.edu