Saunders chosen to Hall of Fame

Published 10:13 pm Friday, December 13, 2019

Suffolk native Tracy Saunders has been selected to the Class of 2020 Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.

Saunders is one of seven selected to the 49th class of the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame. Saunders, a John F. Kennedy High School graduate, starred in high school and then went on to Norfolk State University as well.

Since 2016, Saunders has been inducted into three Hall of Fames. She was an inductee of the Hampton Roads African American Sports Hall of Fame in 2016 and was recently inducted into the Norfolk State University Hall of Fame.


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Once again, Saunders will be recognized for the impact she had during her playing days from the late ’80s to early ’90s. She also holds a place in the Hampton Roads Sports Hall of Fame.

At NSU, which at the time was a NCAA Division II program in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, she helped the Spartans to a ton of success. In four years, they went 95-25. Her personal accolades there included being selected three-time Conference Player of the Year and a two-time All-American. In 1991, she was the NCAA Division II Player of the Year and also was the Honda Award recipient that same year, which went to the top female athlete in all of NCAA Division II. Also during that year, she helped the NSU women’s basketball team to one of their best teams to date going 33-1 and losing in the final four of the NCAA tournament. She scored more than 2,000 points and collected more than 900 rebounds.

The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held in April 2020.