WASHINGTON, DC – The University of the District of Columbia Department of Athletics is proud to announce the 4th Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Class: Lorraine Lynch, Charles Smith, Donald Walters, Lawrence Bradford and Britt King.
The Athletics Hall of Fame celebration was held on February 20th, 2015 at Maggiano's Little Italy on Wisconsin Avenue.
The event, which included a reception, dinner and induction ceremony, was attended by more than 120 Firebird Athletics supporters. The Master of Ceremony was James "Butch" McAdams, University of the District of Columbia, Class of 1981. The evening also featured remarks from University Board of Trustees Chair Dr. Elaine Crider, Interim President, Dr. James E. Lyons and Vice President for University Advancement, Michael Rogers.
Each inductee was represented in a photographic slideshow and was given the opportunity to speak at the podium as well. All who attended the event Friday night were also granted free admission to Saturday's UDC basketball doubleheader vs. Bridgeport as well as a reception on the concourse balcony. Due to snowy weather, Walters was the only inductee able to attend, and he was honored at halftime of the men's basketball game vs. University of Bridgeport.
"Celebrating the 4th Annual Athletics Hall of Fame during Founders week celebrations provided a very special opportunity to honor the tradition of the University and the outstanding alumni who paved the way for today's students through their commitment to excellence," Director of Athletics Patricia Thomas said. "It was also very gratifying that Dr. Frances Plummer was able to be with us and address the crowd since inclement weather prevented her from receiving the Hall of Fame Award for her late husband Harold Plummer a year ago."
University of the District of Columbia Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Class 2015
University of the District of Columbia – 1996
Lorraine Lynch had a prolific four-year basketball career at UDC. During her career, she was, both, once an NCAA Division II All-American and an Academic All-American. She led the Firebirds to their first NCAA Division II Tournament appearance in six years when the team went 20-6 overall in 1995. In 1993-94, Lynch led the nation in steals (126/5.3 per-game) and assists (226/9.4 per-game). Over her career, she amassed 1,235 points, 637 assists, 353 steals and 329 rebounds. Currently, she is the Manager of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.
University of the District of Columbia – 1998
Charles "Choo" Smith thrilled Firebird fans at the UDC Physical Fitness Center during an electrifying three-year career at UDC. Thanks in large part to his sensational junior season in 1996-97, the Firebirds (15-11) earned their first winning season in 10 years under the late, legendary head coach, Wil Jones. The team Most Valuable Player his senior year, Smith went over 100 assists in each of his last two seasons. Smith finished his career as the school's all-time leader in steals (93) and assists (264). He was also a Reslyn Henley Memorial Award winner in 1998. Upon graduation, Smith played three seasons as a high-profile member of the Original Harlem Globetrotters. He later played for the Harlem Wizards and then overseas in the Euro League. Smith then went on to found Choo Smith Youth Empowerment and Choo Smith Enterprise, in Baltimore, Maryland.
District of Columbia Teachers College – 1975
Football & Baseball Student-Athlete
Donald Walters was an outstanding two-sport athlete at DCTC from 1969-1972. One of only two players in school history to play football all four years, Walters is the school's first player to score a touchdown as well as the all-time leader in pass receptions, yardage and scoring. He led the team in scoring all four seasons, including in 1971 when he hauled in seven receiving touchdowns and was voted the team's Offensive Player of the Year. Walters also played four years of baseball, leading the team in every offensive category each year as well. Highlights of his baseball career include two, two-homerun games against American University (Spring 1970) and against Bowie State (Spring 1972).
Federal City College – 1986
As dynamic on the dance floor as he was on the basketball court, Lawrence Bradford was the captain of the Federal City College Panthers basketball team for three years. He led the team in scoring all three years, averaging 30.0 points per-game over his stellar three-year career. He once scored 41 points in a game vs. Washington Tech. He later worked at the University of the District of Columbia serving as the Associate to the Vice President for Administrative Service. He is also the Founder, CEO and Master Dance Instructor for Smooth & EZ Hand Dance Institute.
University of the District of Columbia - 1992-97
Head Women's Basketball Coach
Britt King inherited a UDC Women's Basketball program following its three-year absence from NCAA competition. After a 4-18 record in her first campaign, King transformed the Firebirds into an NCAA Division II tournament team in 1995 after the Firebirds finished with a 20-6 record. For her efforts, she was named the Black Coaches Sports Magazine Coach of the Year for that one-year transformation. While also serving as the Senior Women's Administrator, King went on to win over 60 games in five seasons at the helm. An outstanding former student-athlete at Providence College, King currently serves as Associate Head Coach at Bryant University in Rhode Island. She also served as a former Assistant Coach for the World University Games.