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Kim’s Jersey Retired

Kevin Foote, The Advertiser, Jan. 18, 2015

During half-time of the South Alabama NCAA women’s basketball game at the Cajundome in Lafayette, La., Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015.(Photo: Paul Kieu, The Advertiser)

Loretta Perrot Hunter tried to prepare herself for the moment, but found out that there may not be a real good way to do so.

So when the moment finally came and she was standing on the court at the Cajundome with her mother Consuella, as well as numerous family members and friends, the emotions took over.

Needless to say, the tears were free-flowing all around during the halftime ceremony of the UL women’s 65-58 victory over South Alabama.

On the court was a special No. 12 retired framed jersey for the family. In the rafters at the Cajundome was a shining new banner that read ‘Kim Perrot – with the No. 12 Louisiana jersey – and 1986-90’.

“It was overwhelming,” Perrot Hunter said. “It wasn’t a relief as much as it was just truly a blessing.”

Saturday’s ceremony came after Friday night’s banquet where stories about Kim Perrot’s basketball career and life were exchanged among her family and friends at the Petroleum Club.

“This was the first big step,” Perrot Hunter said. “We want young ladies to see that banner and say, ‘I want to be like her or even better than her.’ ”

But as she further explained, youngsters don’t have “to be another Kim Perrot.” She just wants to do her part in using Perrot’s example to prevent youngsters from say “I wish I had” later in life.

During her career at UL, Perrot finished as the program’s all-time leading scorer with 2,157 points, as well as a total of 18 other school records.

“When you look at what Kim accomplished in her career and also the impact she had as a person, it’s very impressive,” UL athletic director Scott Farmer said.

“When (UL coach) Garry (Brodhead) and his coaching staff came to us with this (banner ceremony idea) last summer, it was a no-brainer. With the women playing almost all of their games now in the Cajundome, it was only natural to transfer that here.”

Al Karre’, one of the area’s biggest proponents for honoring Perrot’s career was thrilled to be in attendance to witness it on Saturday.

“If Lafayette Parish had a Mount Rushmore, there would be three athletes faces carved into the stone,” Karre’ said. “All three were born and raised in Lafayette Parish and all three won multiple world titles in major team sports.

“One would be Ron Guidry, another Kevin Faulk and the third would be Kim Perrot.”

On Saturday, Perrot became part of another group with her No. 12 banner now hanging in the Cajundome along with elite Cajun men stars Bo Lamar, Andrew Toney, Marvin Winkler, Dean Church and Jerry Flake.

Athletic Network Footnote:
Click here for Kim’s Athletic Network profile.

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UL’s first repeat All-Conference performer (a four-time honoree)in women’s basketball: 1987 – Southland Conference, 1988-1990 – American South Conference.

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UL’s Perrot, Mitchell among honorees in Cox TV special (airing continues today)

From staff and wire reports

NATCHITOCHES – The recent Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremonies will be featured in a one-hour program airing at 6 p.m. today on Cox Sports Television.
The broadcast, taped in Natchitoches as the home of the Hall of Fame, will air seven times in July and August through sponsorship of the Louisiana Sports Writers Association, State Farm Insurance and Cox Sports Television.

The show also will be televised at 6 p.m. July 22; 6 p.m. July 24; noon July 29; 4:30 p.m. Aug. 2; 4:30 p.m. Aug. 9; and 4:30 p.m. Aug. 18.

The program spotlights the inductions of the 2007 class of baseball Hall of Famer Willard Brown, UL and WNBA star the late Kim Perrot, ULM and Super Bowl quarterback Stan Humphries, Saints star Pat Swilling and UL standout and NFL return specialist Brian Mitchell among others.
Tulane basketball star Warren Perkins, LSU track star Esther Jones and longtime Southern Lab basketball coach Joel Hawkins.

Besides Hall of Fame night, there will be features from the opening reception, the annual Hall of Fame Clinic and the golf tournament held at Oak Wing in Alexandria. The show also includes a look into the future at some of the design work being done now for the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame building scheduled to be built in the near future in Natchitoches.

Daily Advertiser, July 22, 2007

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2007 Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame inductees

Originally published in the Daily Advertiser, June 24, 2007

Willard Brown
Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown in July of 2006, Brown was black baseball’s premier slugging outfielder in the 1940s. He joined Jackie Robinson, Larry Doby and Hank Thompson as players who made major league baseball debuts in 1947 from the Negro Leagues. The Shreveport native, 36 at the time, lasted 21 games with the St. Louis Browns and was released after hitting .179. He became the first black American Leaguer to hit a home run during his short stay with the last-place Browns. He returned to the Negro League and batted .374 with 18 homers in 1948 and .317 in 1949, ending his Negro League career with a .355 batting average. In winter ball in Puerto Rico, he had a .350 career batting average and won three batting crowns. He ended his career in the Texas League with Dallas and Houston, hitting .306 with 23 homers despite being in his 40s. He was managed while with the legendary Kansas City Monarchs by Negro League icon Buck O’Neill and was nicknamed “Home Run” by famed slugger Josh Gibson while with the Monarchs. Brown died in 1996, 10 years before his Cooperstown induction.

Joel Hawkins
The state’s all-time leader in high school basketball coaching victories, Hawkins coached at Lake Providence and G.W. Griffin in Lake Providence along with his current post at Southern Lab in Baton Rouge. He holds a career record of 1,071-263 (.805) through the 2006-07 season, and a win in the Class 1A title game over Plain Dealing in 2005 made him the all-time state leader, passing Hall of Famer Leslie Gaudet of Pine Prairie. Hawkins began his coaching career in 1965 at his alma mater G.W. Griffin, and moved to Lake Providence High a few years later when the schools were combined during state integration. He has been the boys’ basketball coach at Southern Lab since 1989, winning 11 state titles in a 13-year stretch, and he also won a 1985 title at Lake Providence to give him 12 state titles to go along with 40 winning seasons and 21 district titles. He was named Mr. Louisiana Basketball by the La. Association of Basketball Coaches in 2005.

Stan Humphries
Humphries quarterbacked then-Northeast Louisiana to the NCAA Division I-AA national title in 1987, the only I-AA title ever won by a Louisiana team, and led the San Diego Chargers to their only Super Bowl appearance in 1995. He retired for health reasons in 1998 after a 10-year NFL career during which he led the Chargers to three playoff appearances, and ranked third on the Chargers’ all-time regular-season passing list. Humphries started 81 of 88 games, completed 1,431-of-2,516 passes (.560) for over 17,000 yards and threw 89 touchdowns, and was inducted into the Chargers’ Hall of Fame in 2002. A Shreveport native, he was a prep All-American at Southwood High before signing with LSU, and eventually transferred to NLU. In two seasons there, he passed for 4,395 yards and 29 scores, figures which ranked him second among Indian quarterbacks at the time he finished his career. He was the Louisiana and Southland Conference “Offensive Player of the Year” and a first-team I-AA All-American in 1987 and still holds the school record for 300-yard passing games (eight). Later a member of the UL Monroe staff, he is a member of the school’s Hall of Fame and one of only two Indians to have his number retired

Esther Jones
A 21-time All-American for the nationally-acclaimed LSU women’s track program from 1988-91, Jones is the most decorated athletes in the history of the Tiger program. She helped LSU claim six national titles, four outdoor and two indoor, during her four-year career. The Chicago native who grew up in Milwaukee won 10 SEC titles and also swept the 100 and 200-meter titles at the 1990 NCAA outdoor championships. She was part of a team that set an American record in the 4×200-meter relay in 1989 and a collegiate record in the 4×100-meter relay in 1989, the latter 42.50 mark which still stands. With bests of 11.11 and 22.49 in the two sprints, Jones won the 1990 James J. Corbett Award as the state’s top amateur athlete, at the time only the sixth female to win that honor. She also won the Honda Award for outstanding achievement in women’s college athletics. The highlight of Jones’ career came in the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain, where she won a gold medal as part of the USA 4×100-meter relay, and she also represented the U.S. in the 1991 World Championships in the 200 and 4×100 relay.

Brian Mitchell
A standout quarterback at both Plaquemine High and at then-USL, Mitchell went on to become one of the NFL’s all-time greatest kick returners. He set nine NFL records while playing 14 seasons for the Washington Redskins (1990-99), Philadelphia Eagles (2000-02) and New York Giants (2003). A fifth-round draft pick in 1990, Mitchell helped the Redskins win Super Bowl XXVI. When he retired in 2004, he held NFL marks for total kick return yards (19,013), combined kick returns (1,070), combined kick return touchdowns (13), kickoff returns and yards (607 and 14,014) and punt returns and yards (463 and 4,999), and was the NFL’s all-time leader in all-purpose yards (23,330) before that mark was passed by Jerry Rice two seasons ago. A Pro Bowl pick in 1995, Mitchell became the first quarterback in NCAA history to pass for 5,000 yards and rush for 3,000 yards in a career while with the Cajuns from 1986-89. His 5,447 pass yards and 3,335 rush yards set school marks at the time. He also led the Cajuns to four straight winning seasons and capped his career in 1989 by passing for 1,966 yards and rushing for 1,311 more while scoring 19 of his career 47 touchdowns. He rushed for a school-record 271 yards against Colorado State in 1987 and also had 232 and 214-yard rush games.

Warren Perkins
A standout player with Tulane’s Green Wave from 1945-49, Perkins was a first-round selection in the first-ever NBA Draft in the early years of that league. He also played in the first-ever NBA game with the Tri-Cities Blackhawks, facing the Denver Nuggets on Oct. 30, 1949 after the NBA was formed by the consolidation of the National Basketball League and the Basketball Association of America. Perkins was the first basketball player enshrined in the Tulane Athletic Hall of Fame in 1977 as one of 11 charter members of that group, and is also a member of the Sugar Bowl Hall of Fame. A three-sport letterman for the Green Wave, he set school scoring records at the time and was twice an All-SEC selection when Tulane was a member of that conference. A member of the Louisiana Basketball Hall of Fame, Perkins played two seasons in the NBA before returning to college and eventually going to medical school.

Kim Perrot
Named to the LSWA’s 20-woman All-Century Team, Perrot starred at then-USL in her Lafayette hometown from 1986-90, played for Team USA and overseas and was a standout in the WNBA in its first two years, helping lead the Comets to back-to-back titles as starting point guard. She is also credited for inspiring the Comets to a third title the next year after being stricken with cancer and passing away in August of 1999. Perrot is entrenched into both the UL and NCAA record book, as the Cajuns’ all-time leading scorer (2,157 points), assists leader (654) and steals leader (421) along with ranking fifth on the rebounding list. She still holds 26 school records and holds six of UL’s top seven all-time scoring performances including a 58-point effort against Southeastern Louisiana that ranks as the second-highest single-game scoring total in NCAA history. She led the nation in scoring in 1989-90 (30.0/game) and is listed in 11 different NCAA categories. Both her UL No. 12 jersey and her Comets No. 10 jersey are retired, and the children’s treatment center at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston is named “Kim’s Place” in honor of the former All-State performer at Acadiana High.

Pat Swilling
An outside linebacker for the Saints who played there from 1986-92, Swilling was a five-time Pro Bowl pick during a 12-year NFL career. He was a member of the famed Dome patrol with fellow linebackers Rickey Jackson, Sam Mills and Vaughan Johnson (Jackson and Mills are also in the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame), part of a unit that made NFL history in 1992 when all four were voted to the Pro Bowl. A speedy and fierce pass rusher from the perimeter, Swilling led the Saints in sacks five straight seasons from 1987-91 including 16.5 in 1989 and 17 in 1991. He is third on the club’s all-time career sack list with 76.5, trailing only Jackson (115) and Wayne Martin (82.5). The NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year in 1991 when he led the league in sacks, he also recorded 60 tackles and forced six fumbles. His 44.5 sacks from 1989-91 were the most in the NFL in that three-year span, and he led a Saints defense that led the NFL in fewest points allowed in both 1991 and 1992. He played for the Detroit Lions in 1993-94 and with the Oakland Raiders in 1995-96 and 1998, and finished his 185-game NFL career with 106.5 sacks. He later served two and one-half terms in the Louisiana Legislature as a representative from New Orleans East.

Daily Advertiser, June 24, 2007

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Hall of Fame inductees honored (Mitchell, Perrot, Landry Included)

Achievements, character focus of 2007 Induction Ceremonies

Dan McDonald
dmcdonald@theadvertiser.com

NATCHITOCHES – Eight of the top athletes and sports figures in Louisiana history were honored here Saturday night, and became a part of a special family as members of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.
And many of those new inductees made sure that families got the credit while accepting the state’s top sports honor

“I only had two goals in my whole life,” said former UL and NFL standout Brian Mitchell. “The first was to make my mother happy, and the second was to make my dad proud of me.”

Mitchell accomplished both, and along the way accomplished more than enough to be a part of the 2007 induction class for the Hall of Fame that was honored Saturday at the Natchitoches Events Center.
Mitchell joined football stars Stan Humphries and Pat Swilling, former Ragin’ Cajun women’s basketball standout Kim Perrot, track and field Olympic gold medalist Esther Jones, Tulane basketball star Warren Perkins, record-setting prep basketball coach Joel Hawkins and Negro League baseball icon Willard Brown as honorees in the annual ceremonies.

Mitchell’s parents weren’t the only family members on hand as part of the record 650 in attendance Saturday, and they weren’t the only ones getting the credit for the success of their sons and daughters.

“My mother and father gave me everything I ever needed,” said Humphries, who quarterbacked Northeast Louisiana to a Division I-AA national title before an NFL career. “My dad hung a tire between some trees in the back yard for me to throw footballs, he built a pitchers’ mound in the back and put up a basketball hoop in the front. I had every chance.”

“I’m here today because of my family,” said Swilling, one of the leaders of the New Orleans Saints’ famed “Dome Patrol” linebacker corps. “I’m here because I always believed I could do anything that Pat Swilling wanted to do, and I never had anybody tell me I couldn’t, especially my family.”

The proudest family in attendance, though, might have been the Perrot clan. Their sister and daughter Kim, the leading scorer in UL women’s basketball history and a two-time WNBA champion with the Houston Comets, was honored posthumously with her 1999 death after a fight with cancer.

“There’s a lot I can say about Kim because she’s my sister,” said older sister Loretta Perrot. “But there’s a lot more I can say about who she was and for what kind of person she was.

“It took the calling of basketball for people to realize who she was, and to see her courage and spirit, and that’s something that’s still with us.”

“You don’t go into a Hall of Fame just because you’re a great player,” said then-Comets coach Van Chancellor. “You go in because you’re a great person. … Most of us have the opportunity to influence one or two people in our lives. She influenced thousands.”

“Kim was a good friend of mine,” said Mitchell, whose career paralleled Perrot’s at then-USL. “Her family should be proud of her

Saturday’s Hall of Fame ceremony showed that greatness knows no era. Two of the honorees, Perkins and Brown, completed their athletic careers over a half-century ago. Perkins was a participant in the NBA’s first-ever game after a stellar career at Tulane, while Brown was a Negro League standout for nearly two decades.

Some of those eras came before the amenities that is now an integral part of the Hall of Fame, whose planned facility will be a beacon of cutting-edge technology.

“They called and asked for color pictures when I was inducted,” Perkins said, “and I told them they didn’t make color in those days. They asked for film of me, and I told them I was in some silent movies.”

Hawkins’ record-setting coaching career straddled those eras, and it was a career he planned out early after being the 12th of 12 children.

“When I was nine years old a teacher asked me what I wanted to be, and the other kids were saying they wanted to be firemen, doctors or policemen,” Hawkins said. “I said I wanted to be a basketball coach. She asked me how I knew that at age nine, and I said it was because I knew it at age six.”

It was hard for Hawkins to condense 43 years of coaching into three minutes, the time allotted for each presenter and inductee. The challenge, just as it had been for the 245 previous inductees, was tough for all of Saturday’s class.

“It’s appropriate,” said Mitchell’s presenter, long-time friend Gill Walker. “I remember what Brian could do in such a short period of time, how many games he won in less time than that. I’m proud of him as a native son of Louisiana.”

“These people here tonight played and coached because they loved it,” Mitchell said, “and our state is better because of them. “I’ve got this Super Bowl ring on, but this (his Louisiana plaque) means more to be because it’s from the people here.”

Melenda Martinez/(Alexandria) Town Talk

Loretta Perrot, sister of the late Houston Comets basketball player Kim Perrot, attends the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Induction Celebration on Saturday in Natchitoches.

Daily Advertiser, June 16, 2007

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La. Sports Hall of Fame – Commentary: Perrot’s former coach recalls her tenacity

Commentary: Perrot’s former coach recalls her tenacity

Mattie Williams lives in Detroit now. But her memories of Kim Perrot remain fresh – both from her days as Perrot’s girls basketball coach at Acadiana High School and from the times she was able to see Perrot play in the WNBA.
“I think that it’s wonderful that Kim Perrot is being featured,” Williams said when told that Perrot will be inducted posthumously into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame this month.

“Perhaps the word that pops foremost in my mind concerning Kim is tenacious. That attribute, coupled with her skills and a love of the game, made her a most formidable opponent. Kim played each game as though a championship were on the line. She practiced with the same enthusiasm that she played.

“As a freshman, Kim was an outstanding player, and I remember arguing at our end-of-the-year meeting with the other coaches of the district that she should be MVP. It was their contention that though she certainly was a remarkable athlete, she was only a freshman and had time to ‘grow’ into MVP status.
“Some even conceded that she probably was District MVP, but the honors (by a slim margin) went to a senior whose stats were less impressive than Kim’s.”

Perrot was fearless on the court, no matter the opposition, whether she was playing basketball, volleyball or softball at AHS. She was no less focused in scrimmage action.

“Our girls team often scrimmaged the 9th grade boys’ basketball team during practices, and Kim was no less a competitor against the guys than she was with her teammates,” Williams said. “I remember that often the guys did not want to guaard Kim if they played man-to-man because she usually managed to get her hand on the ball and score.

Perrot always seemed to be first to the gym and last to leave, a habit that didn’t change in the WNBA.

“About a year before her passing, I took my children to see Kim and the Comets play the Detroit Shock at the Palace of Auburn Hills here in the Detroit metro area,” Williams recalled.

“Attempting to avoid a traffic snarl, we arrived about an hour and a half early. My son, who was about 5 the last time Kim saw him, had just turned 15. He felt that we had too much time on our hands before the game, but I assured him that if we went inside the Palace, we more than likely would see Kim out on the court practicing.

“Sure enough, when we went inside, there was a lone player on the court shooting jump shots. It was Kim. She and the guard were the only persons in sight. My son was so excited to see her that he instantly ran on the court to greet her, only to be halted by security. After Kim found out who he was, she stopped shooting, enveloped him in a big hug, and spoke briefly to him. Then she waved to me and told him to have a seat while she resumed her practice.”

After the game, it was harder for Williams to get close to her former player.

“She sent me a message to see her after the game, and after the final buzzer, I introduced myself to her coach and requested to see her,” Williams said. “He went inside the locker room, and a few minutes later, Kim appeared. Before we could get through our hellos – it had been about 10 years since I had last spoken to Kim – we were bombarded by Kim Perrot fans. During this “lovefest”, she smiled and signed autographs and T-shirts (some of which bore Cynthia Cooper’s name and number).

“What was funny was that during this time, and through gritted teeth, she kept smiling and hissing to me, ‘See what you got me into?’ Later, I apologized to her because I had forgotten for the moment that Kim was a celebrity, but I was happy that she hadn’t lost her sense of humor.”

Bruce Brown

Originally published in the Daily Advertiser, June 16, 2007

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Women’s Basketball: Perrot’s life in limelight

Hall of Fame recognizes former UL star

Dan McDonald
dmcdonald@theadvertiser.com

NATCHITOCHES – It took the better part of two decades, and in a way it took a tragic end to a too-short life, but Kim Perrot’s finally getting her due.
The former Ragin’ Cajun women’s basketball standout and leading scorer in program history is among eight inductees here into the Louis-iana Sports Hall of Fame. The honor, which comes officially at tonight’s 6 p.m. induction banquet at the Natchitoches Events Center, comes almost eight years after brain cancer took its inevitable toll in August of 1999.

Voting for the Hall of Fame is handled by a 30-member committee of the Louis-iana Sports Writers Associa-tion, and her induction might have come earlier if the committee had listened to the women’s coaches assembled here Friday.

“Only those that knew her realize how much she deserves this,” said former UL coach Ross Cook, who came in from his Idaho home for her induction. “I’ve never seen a more courageous battler, flying in the face of odds.”
Perrot led the nation in scoring in her senior season in 1989-90 when she averaged 30.0 points per game, including a 58-point outburst against Southeastern Louis-iana that still stands as the second-highest single-game total in Division I history.

She’s also UL’s all-time leader in assists and steals, both surprising since at that time the Cajun squads didn’t have many more scoring options.

“Literally, all they had was Kim,” said former North-western State coach James Smith. “We played a triangle-and-two defense and the two were on her, and she was still scoring. As the game went on, I put three on her.

“One time when USL was shooting free throws, she was standing in front of our bench bent over holding her shorts, and she looked at me and said, ‘Put one more on me.’ I can still see her face telling me that.”

Cocky? Probably.

“Once I beat her seven straight times in dominoes on a road trip,” said then-Houston Comets coach Van Chancellor. “She told me she hoped the Lord didn’t take her before she gave me a whipping. She went and got a partner and won four straight times. The next day, I waived her partner.”

Competitive and intense? Definitely.

“We used to go to the girls’ games to watch because they’d almost fight all the time,” said former UL high jump standout and fellow Louisiana Hall of Famer Hollis Conway. “There are certain people that will find a way to make a play, and she could do that.”

Ahead of her time? At least one coach thinks so.

“When you see the elite, the very elite four or five teams in the country, they’re screaming speed machines,” Cook said. “That’s what she was 20 years ago. She did then what only the top handful of teams in the country are doing now.

“She could produce points when nothing was going right, and that’s something that teams are just now learning how to do. And she was such a good scorer that when she delivered the ball to another shooter, it was always on time and perfect. Only the very upper echelon do that.”

Even with all of her numbers, Perrot finished her Ragin’ Cajun career in relative anonymity since the then-USL program was barely on the map. It was off to Europe, the only option available for most post-collegians.

“I’d see her when she was over there,” said Conway. “She’d come to some of the meets and I’d see some of her games. It was exciting to watch someone like that, who was all over the place and gave everything she had.

“If you were going to beat her, you’d better bring lunch because you were going to be there all day.”

Perrot played in Germany, Sweden and Israel before the WNBA began taking shape in 1997. Still, though, things weren’t easy since she had to work her way through a local tryout.

“I tried everything to cut her,” said Chancellor, now the women’s hoop boss at LSU. “Later on, I wouldn’t start her, and we were three or four games out of first place when I put her in the lineup.”

The Comets went on to win back-to-back WNBA titles with Perrot running the club from the point.

“Every time Cynthia Cooper, Sheryl Swoopes or Tina Thompson screwed up, I blamed Kim,” Chancellor said. “I’m not sure why, but I knew she could handle it. She’d struggled all her basketball life and wound up where she was.”

Perrot and Chancellor formed a special relationship, one that happens frequently between a coach and the coach-on-the-floor point guard. The two did clinics and visited schools in Houston in the off-season, and it was in the off-season after the 1998 season that Chancellor got the phone call.

“I was on the golf course and our trainer called to tell me that Kim had cancer,” Chancellor said. “In the early stages, she went after cancer just like she went after the ball. She believed with all her heart that she was going to whip it. And she fought it.

“Every time we talked, it was always how she was going to be back next year and what we were going to do when she was playing.”

That didn’t happen.

“Her death left a void, not just on our team, but with our fans and with Houston,” Chancellor said. “She made an impact. That jersey’s still hanging in the Toyota Center, and her spirit’s still around that team.”

Perrot’s number 12 UL jersey and her number 10 Comets jersey are both retired.

“She changed the game with her longevity, and she improved at every level,” Cook said. “Not very many players can say that.”

Melinda Martinez/(Alexandria) Town Talk

Loretta Perrot, left, sister of the late Kim Perrot smiles up at Esther Jones. Kim Perrot and Jones were inducted into the Louisiana Hall of Fame Thursday in Natchitoches.

2007 Louisiana Hall of Fame Induction Banquet

An eight-member class will be honored tonight with induction into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame. This year’s induction class includes two of UL’s all-time athletic greats in football’s Brian Mitchell and women’s basketball’s Kim Perrot.

The other inductees include football standouts Stan Humphries and Pat Swilling, baseball Negro Leagues standout Willard Brown, LSU track All-American and U.S. gold medalist Esther Jones, Tulane and NBA basketball great Warren Perkins and Southern Lab basketball coaching icon Joel Hawkins.

The eight will be honored at this evening’s Induction Banquet at 6 p.m. at the Natchitoches Events Center.

Tickets for the banquet are $25 each and are still available at the door or by calling the Hall of Fame office at 318-357-6467.

Daily Advertiser, June 16, 2007

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Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame: Mitchell, Perrot among elite Hall induction class

Dan McDonald
dmcdonald@theadvertiser.com

Many would agree, and some would argue, that Brian Mitchell and Kim Perrot are the greatest male and female athletes to ever hit the UL campus.
There would be no argument, however, that both are Hall of Fame worthy, and both will take their place among the state’s all-time sports greats next weekend when they are inducted as part of an eight-member class into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.

Joining Mitchell and Perrot, who will be inducted posthumously, as this year’s Hall inductees are football stars Pat Swilling and Stan Humphries, recently-enshrined Baseball Hall of Fame member Willard Brown, Southern Lab basketball coach Joel Hawkins, LSU track and field star and Olympic gold medalist Esther Jones and Tulane basketball All-American and NBA first-round draft pick Warren Perkins.

Mitchell, who rewrote UL’s football record book before a stellar 14-year NFL playing career, and Perrot, the Cajuns’ all-time leading women’s basketball scorer and an inspirational story in a too-short WNBA career, were chosen for the state’s top sports honor by a 30-member LSWA panel that considered 126 candidates in 22 different sports categories. Their selections were announced last December.
The 2007 induction class will take part in three days of activities June 21-23 during the Hall of Fame Induction Celebration in Natchitoches, home of the Hall since 1972. Also honored during the weekend will be Pete Dosher and Arthur Schott with the Distinguished Service Award in Sports Journalism, and Don Landry and Doug Thornton with the Dave Dixon Louisiana Sports Leadership Award.

The highlight of the weekend is the Saturday induction banquet scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Natchitoches Events Center. Tickets are available for $25 and tables of eight may be reserved in advance. Activities also include a kickoff reception on Thursday, a pro-am golf scramble on Friday and a youth sports clinic on Saturday.

Information on banquet tickets, golf entries and other activities is available from the Hall of Fame office in Natchitoches at (318) 357-6467.

The eight new inductees increases membership in the state sports shrine to 253 men and women since it was established 49 years ago. The Hall of Fame is also in the process of beginning construction on a $7.1-million state-of-the-art building to be located in Natchitoches’ historic district.

Mitchell, a standout quarterback at Plaquemine High and USL, set nine NFL records as a dynamic kick returner. He had 13 pro touchdowns on kick runbacks, earning a Pro Bowl berth in 1995.

For the Ragin’ Cajuns, he became the first quarterback in NCAA Division I-A history to pass for 5,000 yards and rush for 3,000 while leading UL to four straight winning seasons.

Perrot was a lightning-quick guard for Acadiana High before a record-shattering career from 1986-90 at UL, where she led the NCAA in scoring with a 30.0 average as a senior.

A standout for Team USA in international competition, Perrot joined the WNBA Houston Comets when the league came into existence and helped lead that squad to the first two WNBA titles before being stricken with terminal cancer. Her No. 10 Comets jersey is retired and the WNBA Sportsmanship Award is named in her honor.

Athletic Footnote: Don Landry, Profile in AN, longtime collegiate athletic administrator will be the ceipient of the Dave Dixon Louisiana Sports Leadership Award.

Daily Advertiser, June 14,2007

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Mitchell and Perrot Among 2007 Inductees into Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame

Doug Ireland, Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame –

Ragin’ Cajun sports greats Brian Mitchell and the late Kim Perrot will be
among the eight 2007 inductees in the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in just
two weeks in Natchitoches.

Don Landry, 1960 UL graduate and student coach in football, basketball, and baseball, will receive the Dave Dixon Louisiana Sports Leadership Award.

The 2007 Induction Celebration in Natchitoches is June 21-23. The Pro-Am
Celebrity Golf Scramble is June 22 at Oak Wing Golf Course in Alexandria,
with a $150 entry fee. The Induction Dinner and Ceremonies are at 6 p.m.
June 23 at the Natchitoches Events Center with a $25 ticket that must be
reserved in advance.

For a full event schedule and more information, visit
www.lasportshall.com or call the Hall of Fame at 318-357-6467.

Daily Advertiser, June 7, 2007

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Basketball: Residents – Name gym for Perrot

July 20, 2006 – AN Note: An AN profile was started on Kim in 2003 and information has been added since that time.
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School Board has not yet made a decision on matter; committee formed

Eric Narcisse
enarcisse@theadvertiser.com

Residents came out to speak and remember basketball star Kim Perrot on Wednesday, as a debate began about how to honor the former Acadiana High School, then-USL and WNBA basketball star of Lafayette.
Members of the Lafayette Parish School Board saw tears and heard pleas from the public to name Acadiana High’s girls gymnasium in honor of Perrot, who died at 32 from lung and brain cancer in 1999.

Although nothing was decided officially at the School Board meeting, Superintendent James Easton requested a committee be formed to determine the best possible ways to honor Perrot.

“My interpretation of all of this is that we should put together a committee so that we can find the most fitting and appropriate way to honor Kim,” Easton said, “and I think we will do that.”
It wasn’t determined whether or not an official vote would take place at the next board meeting, which is scheduled for Aug. 2.

The matter was brought to the board by School Board member Rickey Hardy, whose proposal focused on the basketball aspect of Perrot’s achievements.

Several people reflected Wednesday on Perrot’s legacy.

“Kim wasn’t only an excellent basketball player, but she was an excellent student, as well,” said board member Edward Sam. “I’ll support the resolution 100 percent to name the facility on behalf of Kim.”

Carol Thomas, who lived in Houston for 17 years, said honoring Perrot with a building should only be the beginning.

“I’m definitely for the naming of the building for Kim,” she said, “but I think the honoring of her should be on a larger scale. Even though the city of Houston embraced her, Kim never forgot where she came from. It’s only right that her city recognizes her.”

Lafayette Parish Athletic Director James Simmons took the lectern and requested a change in the proposal, which stated the girls gymnasium be named in Perrot’s honor.

“The girls gym is not really a gym,” he said. “It’s an auxiliary building. I know some people whose living room is bigger than that building. It should be the main gym because that would be a slap in the face to the family to name the girls gym in her honor.”

Perrot’s sister Loretta, who drove in from Houston, was one of many people moved as speakers reflected on their encounter with Kim.

“Listening to everyone talk just brought back a whole lot of feelings that I tried to get past,” she said. “I’m really just speechless, because I didn’t expect to see that many people from so many years back talking about Kim.”

Originally published July 20, 2006

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Time to honor Perrot properly

Eric Narcisse
enarcisse@theadvertiser.com

When you talk to former Louisiana Ragin’ Cajun women basketball players about their playing days, it’s difficult not to hear the frustration and bitterness they have towards the university’s administration.

And from talking to people on the outside looking in, it’s a deserving reputation.

Most of those players feel that women during their time didn’t get treated as fairly as the men. To see another example of that, one only needs to walk into the Cajundome and look up into the rafters.

Of the many things hanging way up there, you see Andrew Toney’s No. 24, Bo Lamar’s No. 10 and Marvin Winkler’s No. 14, which reminds everyone that those jersey numbers are the only ones to be retired, according to university records.

But they forgot about one and can anyone guess what gender that retired jersey belongs to?

That’s right, a woman.

During halftime of the Cajuns’ game against Louisiana Tech back on Feb. 26, 1998, former Acadiana High and Houston Comets guard Kim Perrot had her No. 12 jersey officially retired by the university.

But how would anyone who wasn’t at that game or a part of Perrot’s family know that? Her jersey is not swaying in the Cajundome rafters besides the likes of Toney, Lamar and Winkler.

I’m sure that was just a seven-year oversight by the administration and now that it’s been brought to its attention, the administration will do everything in its power to make it right.

Here’s the best way to do so.

Prior to the start of the Cajuns’ first regular season home game of the 2005-2006 season in the Cajundome, the university needs to unveil the banner acknowledging the women’s Sun Belt West Division title or depending what takes place today in the Sun Belt finals at 3 p.m. their Sun Belt Conference Championship.

At halftime of that same game, the retirement ceremony of Perrot’s jersey should take place all over again. This time, though, the banner should already be hanging up in the rafters of the Cajundome waiting to be unveiled.

Considering that the Cajun women play in both the Cajundome and Earl K. Long, Perrot’s No. 12 banner and the women’s West Division or Sun Belt championship banner should be hung up in both places.

That’s not too much to ask for a university, whose women’s basketball program has taken a back seat long enough. It’s time to give them and Perrot’s family members the reason to believe that times really have changed.

Because there is no denying they more than deserve it.

Originally published March 8, 2005

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 30, 2003
Contact: Stephanie Dedeaux, (713) 792-0655; srdedeau@mdanderson.org

Kim’s Place Continues WNBA Star’s Legacy and Dedication to Kids
Oasis for Young Adults Opens at M. D. Anderson

HOUSTON – Kim Perrot, starting point guard for the Houston Comets, was
known
for her dedication and courage on and off the basketball court. The
University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center and the Houston Comets
will
honor that legacy Wednesday, July 30 at 10 a.m. at the dedication of Kim’s
Place – an on-site retreat created exclusively for adolescents and young
adults affected by cancer.

A non-smoker, Perrot was diagnosed with lung cancer, which had also spread
to her brain. She was treated at M. D. Anderson and died August 19, 1999 at
age 32.

The idea for Kim’s Place originated from Perrot’s dream of creating a place
where young cancer patients could go to relax, learn, find support and
interact with others their age. Management from the Comets approached M. D.
Anderson shortly after Kim’s death to begin making her dream a reality.

“We are proud that we could be a part of making Kim’s dream a reality,”
says
John Mendelsohn, M.D., president of M. D. Anderson. “Her compassion and
dedication to improving children’s lives are closely aligned with our
mission and we’re pleased to be a part of that legacy.”

Often adolescents and young adults affected by cancer feel isolated from
others their age or miss the familiar surroundings of their school, home
and
friends. They may benefit from additional emotional and psychological
support, and M. D. Anderson’s Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Program is a
comprehensive approach to helping cancer patients and survivors aged 15 to
25 deal with the disease and lead a more normal life.

By providing a place exclusively for adolescents and young adults away from
clinical areas and waiting rooms, Kim’s Place complements the AYA Program.
It will also be available to anyone age 15 to 25 if a family member is
receiving therapy at M. D. Anderson.

“We recognized that cancer affects more than just the patient,” says
Eugenie
Kleinerman, M.D., head of the Division of Pediatrics at M. D. Anderson.
“When there’s cancer in the family, it affects siblings and children of
patients too. Kim’s Place gives them a place to find support as well.”

Visitors to Kim’s Place are surrounded by reminders of her exuberance for
life and love for the game of basketball. The wall at the entrance is
covered with inspirational quotes from Perrot and her teammates.
Memorabilia
from her career are prominently displayed.

Inside Kim’s Place there are two distinct areas, each with amenities to
meet
the social and educational needs of adolescents and young adults. The
recreational area includes NBA free-throw machines, a pool table, a
Wurlitzer jukebox, two computers with high-speed Internet access and arcade
games like Pac Man and Star Wars. There is plenty of banquette seating for
reading and lounging.

“Kim’s Place was meant to be a unique place at M. D. Anderson for young
people to unwind and get away from it all,” Kleinerman says. “The feedback
from patients and their families has been overwhelming.”

In addition to offering visitors a place to “chill,” the vocational
counseling area is a more serene space that hosts a variety of gatherings
from group counseling sessions and support groups to high school classes.
The room’s high-tech equipment includes a wide-screen plasma TV with
surround sound, desktop computer with Internet access and theatre-style
seating for 12 people. There is also a selection of reference material and
books addressing topics from career planning to study guides for college
entrance exams.

Kim’s Place is staffed by volunteers and Pediatrics staff and is open
Monday
through Friday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

The construction and furnishing of Kim’s Place was made possible through a
$1.25 million contribution from the Houston Rockets & Comets Clutch City
Foundation and fans of the Comets. The Clutch City Foundation was organized
by team owner Leslie Alexander, as an umbrella for the Rockets and Comets
community initiatives.