Nera White

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Nera White
Personal information
Born (1935-11-15)November 15, 1935
Macon County, Tennessee
Nationality American
Died April 13, 2016(2016-04-13) (aged 80)
Gallatin, Tennessee
Listed height 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m)
Basketball Hall of Fame as player

Nera D. White (November 15, 1935 – April 13, 2016) was an American basketball player. White played in the AAU national tournaments for the Nashville Business College team. Later, she led the United States national women's basketball team to their victory in the 1957 FIBA World Championship.

Throughout her career, she was honored many times and won many awards, including her induction to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame. Playing at a time when there were no major professional women's basketball leagues in the U.S., White was called one of the greatest female players in history. Talented in multiple sports, she also was distinguished as an All-World player by the Amateur Softball Association.

White died on April 13, 2016 at a hospital in Gallatin, Tennessee from complications of pneumonia, at the age of 80.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. Organ, Mike (April 13, 2016). "Basketball icon, Tennessee native Nera White dies". The Tennessean. Retrieved April 14, 2016.