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Sun to present Lobo with Margo Dydek Award

UNCASVILLE, Conn., Aug. 15 — Rebecca Lobo will be recognized with the inaugural Margo Dydek Award by the Connecticut Sun as part of the WNBA team’s celebration of Inspiring Women, which will take place during the game against the New York Liberty at Mohegan Sun Arena on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Lobo, who guided the University of Connecticut to their first NCAA national championship in 1995, went on to play for the Liberty and Houston Comets before finishing her WNBA career with the Connecticut Sun in 2003, helping launch the franchise in its first season. She was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010, and currently works as an analyst and reporter for ESPN.

“I am very honored to receive the inaugural Margo Dydek Award,” Lobo said. “Margo was an awe-inspiring woman. She was an inspiration to countless women and I am thrilled to be associated with her.”

The centerpiece of the Inspiring Women Program, the Margo Dydek Award is named in honor of the former Sun All Star who died unexpectedly at the age of 37 on May 27, 2011. Dydek was an accomplished professional who finished her career as the WNBA’s all-time leader in blocks. But she was better known for a warm and open spirit that endeared her to so many women’s basketball fans around the world.

Lobo will be honored along with Joanne Kasprzak, Chris Gullotta and Dr. Linda Spoonster Schwartz – the first members of the Connecticut Sun’s Women of Inspiration program. As the Margo Dydek Award winner, Lobo will receive a check for $1,000 from the Connecticut Sun Foundation to donate the RuthAnn and Rebecca Lobo Scholarship in Allied Health and Nursing.

Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of The Collinsville Press. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 30 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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