Sherri Mattson, Braham High 1971 graduate, will be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as a member of the All American Red Heads. The All American Red Heads are known as the female version of the Harlem Globetrotters and the first women’s professional basketball team.
The team traveled across the United States, reaching 49 states, Canada, Mexico and the Philippines. The All American Redheads played in Braham on April 17, 1976, taking on Braham Jaycees and teachers. Over six decades (from 1936-1986) the team broke social barriers and stereotypes playing in small towns and rural hamlets, as well as Madison Square Garden and Chicago Stadium. Sherri played for two years (1975-77) after graduating from the U of M-Duluth.
The All American Redheads will be the first women’s basketball team to enter the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. The only other team inducted was the 1992 USA Men’s ‘Dream Team.’ The Redheads will be enshrined Sept. 7 in Springfield, Mass. along with fellow inductees five-time NBA All-Star Reggie Miller, NBA’s all-time winningest coach Don Nelson, three-time NCAA Player of the Year Ralph Sampson, two-time Olympic gold medalist Katrina McClain, distinguished basketball official and coordinator Hank Nichols, former college and NBA star Jamaal Wilkes, and Phil Knight, co-founder of NIKE. The enshrinement ceremony will be telecast live on NBA TV Friday, Sept. 7 at 6:30 p.m. (CST).
Sherri currently teaches in the Hastings School District and is the daughter of Dave & Bev Mattson of Braham.