Flo Hyman was the most famous volleyball player in the world.
This speech was written by and reprinted here with permission from
Ruth N. Nelson friend, teammate and coach at the University of
Houston of Flo Hyman, the most famous volleyball player in the world.
This award was presented to Flo's sister, Barbara Bedford on her behalf,
September 19, 1998.
I feel privileged and honored to have been asked to present the first
female athlete inducted into the University of Houston's "Hall of Honor."
Flo Hyman's records speak for themselves. What I want to do tonight is
give you a glimpse of what others thought of Flo, and, in so doing,
enable you to better know this remarkable young woman.
Flo touched so many lives in so many different ways. Flo's Olympic
volleyball teammates felt that she was the one person on the team who
trained the longest; she was the most dedicated volleyball player.
Flo stood up for what she believed. She was so goal oriented, not only
to be the best personally, but to be the best as a team! One said that
Flo belonged to the Whole Team...she belonged to everybody.
Volleyball quotes about the most famous volleyball player, Flo
Debbie Sokol, a former Cougar teammate, stated, "Our sport of
volleyball has been unquestionably fortunate to have experienced Flo's
dynamic presence. Her perseverance and dedication will undoubtedly
live on in all our minds."
In describing one of the world's most volleyball players Flo
Hyman, notable individuals in the sport of volleyball and athletics
have said many things.
Al Monaco, former USA Volleyball Executive Director, said that she was
"a great ambassador domestically and internationally for amateur sports
and especially volleyball. "
Bob Lindsay, USA Volleyball Board Member, remarked that perhaps the
one person in America who you could credit the rise of women's
volleyball WAS Flo Hyman.
George Miller, Secretary General US Olympic Committee, stated, "She
was the finest female volleyball player in the world."
Carol Mann, Former President of the Women's Sports Foundation and
LPGA Hall of Fame Member, said, "Flo's incredible achievements and the
quality of her life were very significant to the movement of sports
opportunities for young women."
Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Founder of Special Olympics, praised "Flo's
dedication and commitment to the "Spirit of Sport" both on and off the
volleyball court; she was and continues to be an inspiration to all of us,
Coaches talked about Flo in what she did for others: Mr. Yoneida, Head
Volleyball Coach of Daiei's Japanese Team, said, "Hyman was the
mainstay of our team; she is a legend in our country."
Dr. Arie Selinger, Head Coach of the 1984 Olympic Volleyball Team,
said, "She was so simple, so innocent, but yet so loving. When someone
on the team needed someone, Flo was always there."
Dr. Sue Garrison, Women's Athletics University of Houston and one of
the University of Houston's other honorees with Flo, commented, "Flo
was a very talented young lady, and she spent more time helping others
in volleyball practice than helping herself."
Flo's family summarized it well when they described her as "happy,
giving, self confident and articulate, outgoing and eloquent, strong and
expressive, but most of all, a truly fine lady who cared for all and
dedicated her life to what she believed in."
I was fortunate to know Flo in several different ways: as a teammate,
as a friend, as a coach and as someone who was like a sister. Knowing
Flo in these ways, I understand and agree with the thoughts of others
that I previously shared!
If I had to pick one word that best describes Flo Hyman, the word would
Flo was an inspiration to her teammates, an inspiration to her coaches,
an inspiration to everyone who came in contact with her, and especially
an inspiration to ME.
I knew Flo for over 13 years, and she loved having the last word.
Perhaps, some of these final words should be Flo's. She once said to
"When people tell me that I am "the best female volleyball player in the
world," I just ignore them!
But she looked at me and said, "Ruth, if I'm the best, how come I have
However, Flo obviously DID PRACTICE!
At this time, I would like to present for induction into the Hall of Honor
FLO HYMAN, one of the acknowledged best and most famous female
volleyball players in the world and a person who has inspired everyone
who knew her.
Accepting this honor on Flo's behalf is her sister Barbara "Bobbie"
Friends and love ones continue to visit one of the world's most famous
volleyball players, Flo Hyman's resting place leaving behind flowers.
Copyright 1998-2013 © brvc inc. September 19, 1998, "Hall of Honor" induction of one of the world's famous female volleyball players Flo Hyman.
Speech by Ruth N. Nelson former friend, teammate and coach at the University of Houston 1974-1981
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