WHYY's Lifelong Learning Award Honoring Coach Dawn Staley


WHYY is delighted to announce that Basketball Hall of Famer and four-time Olympic gold medalist Coach Dawn Staley will be our 2022 Lifelong Learning Award recipient. We hope you will join us for this special virtual fundraiser as we honor Coach Staley's illustrious career and contributions to sports and activism.

The highlight of this event will be the opportunity to experience a live interview of Coach Staley by Terry Gross, host and co-executive producer of Fresh Air with Terry Gross, before the interview is broadcast on Fresh Air.

Coach Dawn Staley is recognized as one of the most decorated participants in United States women’s basketball history. She is a four-time Olympic gold medalist as both a player and a coach and a five-time WNBA All-Star. She was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013. Coach Staley is a native of North Philly and was the head coach for Temple University’s women’s basketball team from 2000-2008. She is currently the head coach at the University of South Carolina, where she has twice been named National Coach of the Year.

Proceeds from this event will support WHYY’s commitment to encouraging lifelong learning and advancing civic engagement through storytelling, education and community dialogue.

Please contact Nathalie Bessette at 215-351-1263 or [email protected] with any questions.

Date & Time
Tuesday, May 17, 2022

5:15 PM - Virtual "doors" open
5:30 PM - Interview begins
6:30 PM - Interview ends


Lifelong Learner
Includes one link to virtual event featuring an interview with Dawn Staley and Terry Gross. For every $100 ticket purchase, WHYY will make a donation to Philadelphia Youth Basketball. Philadelphia Youth Basketball is a community-built youth empowerment organization that applies the values of the game of basketball to enable young people—especially those from under-resourced communities—to develop their potential as students, athletes and positive leaders.
Includes one link to virtual event featuring an interview with Dawn Staley and Terry Gross.
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