A Babe in Boy Land


“We are one in the Spirit”

Rebecca Lynn “Becky” Hammon is the first female to be hired as a coach in the NBA, the National Basketball Association, or the “No Boys Allowed” Club. She’s a pretty professional who was not hired for her looks, but for her basketball smarts.   By all accounts, she was hired because of the “content of her character.” I for one am happy for her, and I’m sure Martin Luther King, Jr. would be pleased.

Becky Hammon is a girl in a guy’s world, and she can certainly hold her own. As a junior in high school, she was South Dakota Miss Basketball. As a senior, she was voted the South Dakota Player of the Year after averaging 26 points, 4 rebounds and 5 steals per game. Also that year, she was voted female class athlete by her graduating class. Hammon’s prolific scoring for the Colorado State Rams made her an All-American as well as Colorado Sportswoman of the Year. And in the WNBA, Hammon became the seventh player in WNBA history to score 5000 points. Not too shabby.

Someone once told me that men and women shouldn’t work together. Wow. That statement is certainly driven by the fear that men will treat women as “sex objects” and that women will treat men as “boy toys.” This fear doesn’t have to be fact. In God’s eyes, we are all “one in Christ Jesus.” Maybe that’s the problem; everybody isn’t part of the Christian family so there are abuses and mistreatments and cruelties and insults and, unfortunately, much worse. However, if we did things the God way, where “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus,” (Galatians 3:28) we could all live and work and play together as one big happy family.

Hammon has a high basketball IQ, and she is respected by the San Antonio players and coaches alike for her athletic acumen. Being female has nothing to do with her basketball brains and brightness, or her sports insight and foresight. So I’m happy for Becky, the first female coach in a male sport. She earned it. It was not given, it was gotten; it was not awarded it was acquired. And I hope she does well, in spite and despite all of the critics and curmudgeons, all of the naysayers and nitpickers, all of the legalists and gender separatist’s I hope she succeeds and has good success. And I hope you do too.

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