Flo Hyman


In the early 1980’s sports had a major impact on people’s lives. There were many great athletes: Michael Jordan, the greatest basketball player; Wayne Gretsky, the greatest hockey player; and Joe Montana, the greatest football player of all time. At this point in time women were beginning to come out and take on the roles as men. One thing they didn’t make an impact in was sports. The men dominated all of the sports. The major sports were football, hockey, and basketball. But a new sport was on the rise. There was talk about this 6 foot 5 inches girl who played volleyball. This girl’s name was . Flo’s accomplishments and achievements far exceeded any woman’s of that time period. ...

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Hyman’s dedication to sports and to the fight for equal opportunities for women in remembered by and honored with the Memorial Award, given annually by the Women’s Sports Foundation to female athletes who capture Hyman’s “dignity, spirit, and commitment to excellence”. (Sports Illustrated 1986) Hyman was known for a lot of things. People mostly remember her for her awe-inspiring spiking abilities, her equally strong defensive skills and her personal integrity and charisma. Her great sportsmanship and athletic abilities earned her many awards and accomplishments. Hyman was an All-American at the University of Houston from 1974 through 1976. She had been a member of the U.S. Volleyball Team since 1974 – one of the seven players who stayed with the team after America’s boycott of the Moscow Olympics. In 1979 Hyman was named the most valuable player at the North-Central and Caribbean American Championships in which the U. S. team came in second. Hyman’s key skill was hitting ...

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the University of Houston.

“When she dropped out to go train at Colorado, she told her friends, ‘You can go to school when you’re sixty. You’re only young once, and you can only do this once.’” (“Marfan Syndrome: A Silent Killer”, Sports Illustrated, 1986, pg. 13).

Hyman’s mother said that when she made the decision to leave school to go train for volleyball, Hyman told her, “I had to recognize my pain threshold. When I hit the floor, I have to realize it’s not as if I broke a bone. Pushing yourself over the barrier is a habit. I know I can do it and try something else crazy. If you want to even the war, you’ve got to pay the price.” Just as the American people knew Hyman, ...

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