In Honor Of C. Vivian Stringer: Menendez's Official Statement In The Senate

In Honor Of C. Vivian Stringer: Menendez's Official Statement In The Senate

Washington - As Rutgers women's basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer is inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame tonight, below is the official statement U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) has submitted into the Congressional Record in her honor. Menendez announced that he would be submitting these official remarks upon Stringer's nomination to the Hall of Fame in April, and he will deliver to Stringer a printed version of them. Menendez is an alumnus of Rutgers Law School. The following is text of the statement:

Mr. MENENDEZ. M. President, I rise to extend my congratulations to C. Vivian Stringer for her induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. It is a proper tribute for such a distinguished and celebrated career. This is certainly an incredible honor which stands tall, even amongst her other considerable accolades.

The success that Vivian Stringer has achieved in her 38 year coaching career, including the last fourteen at Rutgers University, speaks for itself: 825 victories; 30 seasons of twenty or more wins; 22 NCAA Tournament appearances; four Final Fours with three different programs; Olympic Gold as an assistant coach with the 2004 U.S. Women's Basketball team. Her commitment to excellence is unsurpassed and lauded by peers and supporters alike.
Most importantly, Vivian Stringer has served, above all else, as a teacher to each of her players. Her dedication to education beyond the court is clear, as her players traditionally graduate on par with their non-athlete classmates. The students who have walked into her program walk out of it as strong and dignified women, each ready to continue the legacy of achievement that Vivian Stringer has set before them, whatever the arena. Two years ago, Vivian Stringer's leadership was on display as the Lady Scarlet Knights, in the face of adversity and slander, served as shining examples of exceptional poise and grace.
This 2009 Hall of Fame Class is indeed one of the most distinguished in memory, and it is fitting that Vivian Stringer enters alongside other luminaries that share her caliber of achievement. I applaud Vivian Stringer's service to Rutgers University, the entire basketball community, and the great State of New Jersey. I wish her luck as she continues her career and in all of her other future endeavors.

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