Nov. 2, 2012
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Former Lady Vol standout Chamique Holdsclaw was honored as the grand marshal in this year's University of Tennessee Homecoming parade.
"The University of Tennessee is very dear to my heart," Holdsclaw said. "To be able to come back and represent the University in a great way is always exciting."
"We're going to have a great time and just celebrate that Volunteer tradition."
Holdsclaw played at UT from 1995 to 1999, where she helped lead the Lady Vols to the NCAA's first three-consecutive women's championships in 1996, 1997 and 1998. The Astoria, N.Y., native was an integral part of the 1998 championship team that captured Tennessee's first undefeated season at 39-0, and also set an NCAA record for the most wins in a season.
She is the all-time leading scorer in Tennessee history with 3,025 points, the only Lady Vol to surpass the 3,000-point mark. Holdsclaw also holds the record for most career rebounds at UT with 1,295. She also is No. 1 in points in SEC history with 1,295 points.
Her illustrious college basketball career included several All-American honors and countless awards. She would go on to be the overall No. 1 pick in the 1999 WNBA Draft by the Washington Mystics. She capped off her inaugural season in the league with a WNBA Rookie of the Year Award, as well as her first of six WNBA All-Star appearances. Holdsclaw also played for the Los Angeles Sparks, San Antonio Silver Stars and Atlanta Dream.
Holdsclaw also earned an Olympic gold medal with Team USA at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.
Olympic gold medalist, world record holder and former Tennessee track and field standout Aries Merritt will be honored on the field this Saturday as the Vol football team hosts Troy at Neyland Stadium at noon. Merritt will be recognized during the first timeout of the second quarter.
The seven-time All-American and two-time NCAA Champion with the Vols, Merritt blazed to an Olympic gold-medal victory in the 110-meter hurdles this summer in London. He posted a personal-best time of 12.92 seconds, marking the fastest time in the world to date in 2012 and the second fastest time in Olympic history.