Redheads

Sherri Mattson (fourth from the left) is being inducted in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame for her participation on the All American Red Heads basketball team. Photo submitted by Sherri Mattson.

Sherri Mattson, 1971 graduate of Braham High School will be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as a member of the All American Red Heads.

The All American Red Heads are known as the female version of the Harlem Globetrotters and the first women’s professional basketball team.

The team traveled across the United States reaching 49 states, Canada, Mexico and the Philippines. The All American Red Heads played in Braham on April 17, 1976 playing against Braham Jaycees and teachers.

Over six decades (from 1936-1986) the team broke social barriers and stereotypes playing in small towns and rural hamlets, as well as Madison Square Garden and Chicago Stadium.

Mattson played for two years (1975-77) after graduating from the University of Minnesota, Duluth.

The All American Red Heads will be the first women’s basketball team to enter the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. The only other team inducted was the 1992 USA Men’s Dream Team.

The Red Heads will be enshrined Sept. 7, 2012 in Springfield, Mass. along with fellow inductees five-time NBA All-Star Reggie Miller, the NBA’s all-time winningest coach Don Nelson, three-time National College Player of the Year Ralph Sampson, two-time Olympic gold medalist Katrina McClain, distinguished basketball official and coordinator Hank Nichols, former college and NBA star Jamaal Wilkes, and Phil Knight, co-founder of NIKE.

The enshrinement ceremony will be telecast live on NBA TV Friday, Sept. 7 at 6:30 p.m. central time.

Mattson currently teaches in the Hastings School District and is the daughter of Dave and Bev Mattson, Braham.

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