Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 10/9/12
From Press Release
Current Temple fencing coach Nikki Franke and former lacrosse coach Tina Sloan Green are among 12 African-American women who will be honored by the Burlington-Camden Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi in November.
Through its community development corporation, Kappa Alpha Psi will celebrate the achievements of these 12 women at Auletto’s Catering in Deptford, N.J. on Nov. 4. This year’s Master of Ceremonies will be Eleanor Jean Hendley, a past honoree who is an Emmy-award winning former CBS 3 Eyewitness News education reporter. Tickets for the event are $60 per person and can be obtained by calling Richard A. Williams at 609-634-5551.
Tina Sloan Green (West Chester University graduate) co-founded the Black Women in Sport Foundation in 1992. Since assuming the helm, she has worked to ensure that young underserved minority students gain full exposure to nontraditional sports as well as to provide healthy alternatives to at-risk women and children in all aspects of sport. Sloan Green’s impressive track record for filling a much-needed void in women’s sports continues to garner the organization increasing support from both the public and private sectors.
A soft-spoken trailblazer, Sloan Green leaves an indelible mark on any project she takes on. She was the first African-American head coach in the history of women’s intercollegiate lacrosse. She was head coach of the Temple’s lacrosse team from 1973-1992.
During this time, Sloan Green amassed a 207-62-4 career coaching record with a .758 career winning percentage. She led the Owls to three national championships and 11 consecutive NCAA Final Four appearances. Her work off the field is equally impressive.
As Professor of Sport and Culture in Temple’s College of Education, she served as co-principal investigator of Sisters in Sports Science, an initiative funded by the National Science Foundation, and Director of the Temple University National Youth Sports Program.
Professor Sloan Green has authored two books, written several articles for publication and contributed enumerable hours practicing what she preaches- supporting the advancement of women of color in all areas of sport. She competed on the U.S. Women’s Lacrosse Team from 1969-73 and on the U.S. Women’s Field Hockey Squad in 1966. In 2008, Sloan Green received Lifetime Achievement awards from the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators (NACWAA) and the National Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (NWLCA).
Sloan Green is currently Professor Emeritus in the College of Education at Temple University. She has been married to Frank Green, Jr., for 33 years and they have two children. Her children are equally gifted as her daughter is the Head Coach of the Harvard University women’s tennis team and her son was the most valuable player of the men’s tennis team at Florida A&M. Her son, Frank Green, III, graduated from Florida A&M and is now a full-time tennis pro at Merion Cricket Club.
The other 10 honorees are: Gwendolyn Joyce Brown, Paula Rene’ Bruner, Jericka Duncan, Norma Evans, Frances Jones, Charisse R. Lillie, Rochelle D. Laws, Yvette Sample, Aleta Sturdivant and Carolyn James Weeks.
A native of New York City, Franke graduated with honors from Brooklyn College in 1972 where she was a four-year letterwinner in fencing and was named a NIWFA All-American. She was later inducted into the Brooklyn College Hall of Fame in 1979. From 1973 up through 1981, Franke was a member of the U.S. National Fencing Team.
Dr. Franke is currently an Associate Professor in Temple’s Department of Public Health, having completed her master’s degree in health education from Temple in 1975 and the doctoral program in 1988. A Hall of Fame coach, Franke is entering her 41st season as Director of Fencing and women’s foil coach at Temple with an impressive 625-156-1 career record. She has been Temple‘s fencing coach since the program began in 1972 and has led the Temple fencers to 40 postseason appearances.
In October, 2002, Franke was inducted into the Women’s Sport Foundation’s International Sports Hall of Fame. She was one of only three women to be inducted that year and was chosen based on her impressive coaching, playing, teaching, and community service records. In 1995 she was inducted into the Temple University Athletics Hall of Fame. She was also inducted into the United States Fencing Association Hall of Fame in 1998.
The Kappa Community Development Corporation was established in 2002 to organize and advance the fraternity’s community outreach programs. Currently, these programs consist of mentoring young men, providing black college tours and awarding scholarships to assist deserving students in furthering their education.