March 2012. An exhibit on the All American Red Heads went on display at the Big East Championships in Hartford,
CT. Players flew and drove in from various parts of the country
Sisters Brenda Koester and Kay Burk performed ball tricks and
parts of their halftime show from back in their playing days at Village Gate, a senior community in Farmington.
The Red Heads received more media attention then they have
had in years while in CT. They left their hotel at 5:45 am to head to do a early morning radio show with UConn basketball
and football announcer, Wayne Norman.
They then rushed
over to WFSB, Channel 3 to do a taping of Connecticuts most watched daily television show "Better Connecticut" with
Scot Haney and Kara Sundland.
Red Heads on Wayne Normans WILI radio show (look for March 1 2011 segment
Red Heads on WFSB's Better Connecticut
On Friday, March 2nd, it was time for the exhibition
to open. Over 1,000 artifacts would go on display. They would date back to the 1930s and go right up until
their final year on the road, 1986.
A painting done by the cousin of Red Head Mechelle Pollard Weyer
was donated to the artifact collection and is proudly displayed with other players.
Brenda and Kay perform their routine for fans. Hundreds
and hundreds saw these 2 women perform their magic with a ball
2 of the newest fans of the All American Red Heads wore an actual
jersey and spun a basketball on their finger.
This is one of the reasons the Red Heads became so popular across
the United States. They were great players, but also loved, appreciated their fans and never turned down a child for
Courant Reporter Paul Doyle with his daughters Sophia and Grace
stop by to meet the players
Brenda, Pat and Kay viewing an exhibit on their own Red Heads.
Even the players learned more about the history of their team.
Diane Martinson and Brenda Moon Davis traveled many miles to
be a part of this exhibit and helped make it a huge success
Becky Harp Prichett talks with fans as she wears a uniform that
dates back to the 1960s
Brenda and Kay with Big East Associate Commissioner, Danielle
Honored during halftime of the first game of the Big East Championships
Players pose with the Big East Championship trophy
John and Roxanne Molina with Brenda Koester, Gail Marks, Patty Bruce and Kay Burk
Sandra Mason spins a basketball amongst some of her new friends,
the legendary All American Red Heads
Gail Marks and Becky Harp Pritchett autograph basketball that
were given to the Big East to be given away to fans.
The front page of the Hartford Courant. The Red Heads created
so much interest, they became the first picture ever on the front page of the Courant for an event at the XL Center in
Hartford that was not UConn related in well over 3 years.
Red Heads end up on front page of Connecticuts largest paper - The Hartford Courant
A prelude of things to come? The All American Red Heads
visit the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
The next get together. Will the picture be on the top
of the page? Will the All American Red Heads become the first Women's Basketball team ever inducted into the NHOF.