Portion of Philadelphia street renamed after Dawn Staley

Photo Credit: Charles Fox/Philadelphia Inquirer/Philadelphia Daily News

When the South Carolina Gamecocks women’s basketball team knew they would be playing Temple this year coming off their national championship season, it was to be quite the occasion for Gamecocks head coach Dawn Staley who grew up in North Philly.

Dawn Staley Day was celebrated at the Hank Gathers Recreation Center on West Diamond Street. When the bus carrying Staley and her Gamecocks players pulled up to the corner of 25th and Diamond, a celebration and ceremony ensued.

A highlight of the festivities – a portion of West Diamond Street from 23rd St. to 25th St. being renamed as “Dawn Staley Lane.”

She brought a replica of the Gamecocks’ NCAA tournament championship trophy (the Real McCoy of which she called “brownie”) to the recreational center.

Per the Philadelphia Inquirer, Staley told her team that every one of them had to make a layup inside the rec center before they could board the bus again.

This is not the first time a street has been named after Staley. After the Gamecocks won last year’s national title, a portion of a street by the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia was renamed “Dawn Staley Way.”

Speaking of the native Philadelphian and Gamecocks coach, there is also that video that is making sports fans everywhere go, “Awwwwwww!”

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By: Akiem Bailum (@AkiemBailum on Twitter, Instagram)

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