Ladyjacks’ hallway enhanced with mural
Published: Monday, March 4, 2013
Updated: Monday, March 4, 2013 00:03
The president-elect of the SFA Alumni Association, Roger Robinson, has been inspired by his love of Ladyjack Basketball to improve the environment of its team facilities and help recruit more outstanding athletes to the program.
The North Dallas businessman has had a mural installed for the Ladyjacks in their locker room hallway.
Robinson who is the owner of Sign-A-Rama, the world’s largest sign franchise in North Dallas, said, “I’ve always been a big Ladyjack fan.” The mural was presented as a donation from the company.
“The hallways were very bare, we needed to do something recruiting-wise,” assistant Ladyjack coach Jodi Greve said. We want to be able to showcase the tradition that women’s basketball has here to potential recruits coming in.”
“The Ladyjack Basketball team is the number-three winningest program in the country and number one winningest team in Texas, Greve said.
There are two different murals; the longest wall represents athletic achievements and the shorter wall, the newest one, represents academic achievements. The murals are a collage of action photos and graduation photos of players.
The larger mural also honors previous coaches.
“Coach Sue Gunter who started the program and coach Gary Blair (currently women’s basketball coach at Texas A&M University) are a big part of the history here,” Greve said.
“The mural is like a giant bumper sticker that we print off on a larger printer,” Robinson said. We peal the back liner off and press it onto the wall. We then use a torch to heat up the sticker so that it takes the form of the wall.”
Ashlee Mells and other players have been added to the wall for their accomplishments last year. Mells received the Newcomer of the Year award in the Southland Conference.
“It represents being a part of the Ladyjacks’ history at SFA,” Mells said.
“Itw’s nice because we can add stuff to it. “We plan on redoing it every two years,” Greve said. “Graduating is big for Coach Brandon (Schneider,) our head coach. He wanted to show not only the athletic achievements but also the academic achievements as well.”
The shorter wall is labeled graduating champions. Anyone who has been through the Ladyjack Basketball program and graduated can be pictured on the wall.
Robinson graduated with a marketing degree in 1992 and has been involved with the Alumni Association for 15 years.
“The biggest thing I enjoy is spreading the word of what a great school SFA is, Robinson said. “I really enjoy helping raise money for scholarships for students and building traditions for the Alumni Association.”