Basketball court dedication is this Saturday

A large crowd is expected for a special dedication service for one of Grady County’s most recognized citizens this Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Cairo High School. Teresa Edwards, CHS graduate, UGA graduate, Olympic gold medalist, multihall of fame member and recognized as the “most decorated basketball player in the world” calls Cairo, Georgia, home, and will be honored by her home town friends, fans and family by the Grady County Sports Hall of Fame and Cairo High School.
Edwards will be honored as the basketball court at Cairo High School will be named in her honor for the former Syrupmaid’s many accomplishments on and off the court. The “Teresa Edwards Court” at the Cairo High Gym will be formally named in a special ceremony on Jan. 7 at 1:30 p.m. at the Cairo High School gymnasium. While the ceremony itself is free to the public, there will also be a reception for Teresa in the high school cafeteria following the program with tickets available to the general public for $5 each.
Former teammate and Olympian Katrina McClain is scheduled to be in attendance to introduce Teresa at the court dedication. “There is a good possibility that many of Teresa’s other teammates and former coaches could be on hand for the program as well,” said Hall of Fame Chairman Richard VanLandingham.
In addition to having the basketball court named in her honor, the Grady County Sports Hall of Fame Committee is putting together a special display of her accomplishments in the lobby area of the gym and a sign proclaiming the gym as the “Home of Teresa Edwards” will also be erected.
To help raise the needed funds for the program, a special donation fund has been set up at Cairo High School. Details on the fund raising activities are located on The Messenger sports page as well.
“The Grady County Hall of Fame Committee wanted to do something special to honor a very special athlete. Since her induction into the Grady County Sports Hall of Fame and her recent induction into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, we wanted to be sure that Teresa received this honor as well,” said VanLandingham.
The ceremony, which will be open to the public, is set to begin at 1:30 p.m. this Saturday at the CHS gym.

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