PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Feb. 27, 2017) – Women’s Basketball head coach C. Vivian Stringer was presented the Sojourner Truth Phenomenal Woman Award on Sunday before the final home game of the Scarlet Knights’ regular season. Stringer is the first-ever recipient of the award.
The award is named in honor of the abolitionist and women’s rights activist Sojourner Truth who is forever connected to Rutgers’ history, as her family was owned by the university’s first president, Jacob Hardenberg.
The Sojourner Truth Phenomenal Woman Award was created to recognize a woman who has distinguished herself in academic work, career, leadership, public service, or any combination thereof; who has contributed to the personal growth and success of others, especially women, through education, research, or public or volunteer service above and beyond her expected job responsibilities; and whose achievements create positive social change increase equality for all, and build community through service.
Stringer has coached at the collegiate level for 46 seasons, including 22 at Rutgers University boasting a .715 win percentage. She has guided teams to 25 of the 35 NCAA Tournaments, including 10-straight from 2003 to 2013, as well as captured the 2014 WNIT title. She was named one of the “101 Most Influential Minorities in Sports” by Sports Illustrated in 2003, and in 2009 was enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Nineteen of her former Scarlet Knights have been drafted into the WNBA. Stringer is just one of seven women’s coaches to reach the 900-win mark, and is the all-time leader in wins in the Big Ten between her tenure at both Iowa and Rutgers.
Dr. Felicia E. McGinty, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, presented the Sojourner Truth Phenomenal Woman’s Award to Stringer on behalf of the Rutgers Division of Student Affairs.
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