Lyons dedicate annual tournament and season in memory of Warren-Powers
NORTON, Mass. – The Wheaton College women's basketball program has dedicated its 2012-13 season in memory of Cheryl Warren-Powers '95 who passed away on May 22nd earlier this year. The Lyons have chosen to rename their annual tip-off tournament to the Cheryl Warren-Powers '95 Memorial Tournament while they will also wear her initials "CWP" on their sneakers all season long.
The newly named tournament kicks off this weekend as Wheaton hosts Lesley University on Saturday, November 17 at 2 p.m. Prior to the contest, the women's basketball program will honor Warren-Powers with a pre-game ceremony. Donations will also be accepted throughout the game to help benefit the Little Angels of Warren-Powers Memorial Fund in supporting Cheryl's twins, Jordan and Craig.
"It was a no-brainer when I asked John Sutyak '00 [Director of Athletics and Recreation at Wheaton College] to rename our tourney in Cheryl's memory," said Lyons head coach Melissa L. Hodgdon. "Cheryl encompassed a great passion for Wheaton basketball. She played hard every day and every game while wearing Wheaton blue and white as an alum and fan was always a positive supporter – through good times and bad times. Cheryl was a true fan and friend and she will always be a part of our program. I am proud our players decided to dedicate this season to her memory by wearing her initials on their sneakers."
Warren-Powers was a standout athlete in basketball and softball at Bishop Feehan High School becoming the first female athlete to score 1,000 career points for the Shamrocks. She went on to play both sports at Wheaton and, upon graduating, continued to be an avid supporter of each program. As a coach, Cheryl impacted many including the student-athletes she was involved with on the Lyons softball team and the girls' basketball program at Foxboro High School.
"Cheryl was a throwback, a two-sport athlete who excelled in both basketball and softball, and her contribution to Wheaton and the surrounding communities during her time here were many," said Sutyak. "Cheryl saw value in her experience and in turn worked hard to give back to younger generations as a coach of high school and collegiate women. I am extremely proud that our women's basketball program has decided to honor her life by dedicating our tip-off tournament to her and we look forward to having the Wheaton and surrounding communities come to campus in honor of her life."
Warren-Powers' high school team, Bishop Feehan, will be in attendance for the game against the Lynx on Saturday and members of the Mansfield fourth grade basketball team will play a game against each other at halftime. The Wheaton College softball program and several former Lyons basketball players will also be in attendance to honor Warren-Powers.
"Cheryl was a generous and abiding presence in supporting my daughter Julia's development as a basketball player in Mansfield," said Derek Price, Associate Professor of Psychology at Wheaton College. "Besides Julia, many other girls enjoyed Cheryl's basketball mentorship throughout the years."
Randi Carine '97, who earned National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-America honors as a teammate with Warren-Powers on the softball team, also weighed in on the importance of Saturday's events.
"This event is a special day for both the Wheaton basketball and softball teams to reflect and honor a loyal teammate, true friend, passionate coach and dedicated alum," said Carine. "I am truly thankful to both teams for hosting such a special event in honor of her life here at Wheaton College. I know Cheryl would be very humble and extremely grateful."
Wheaton opens up its 2012-13 season tonight when it travels to Roger Williams University for a 7 p.m. tip-off.