STORRS, Conn. -
Former University of Connecticut women’s basketball standout and current television host Kara Wolters will receive the Red O'Neill Award on Wednesday, April 26, when The UConn Club hosts its 64th Annual Awards Ceremony at the Jorgensen Center For The Performing Arts on campus.
The Red O'Neill Award is given annually by The UConn Club to a former Husky student-athlete who has mirrored the Red O'Neill-type attributes of character, leadership, athletic ability, and later, a successful career.
The UConn Club Awards Program begins with a social hour at 6:00 p.m. with heavy hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. The awards ceremony will begin at 7:30 p.m. with a dessert reception to follow. The event is open to the public and ticket information will be announced soon.
Wolters played for the Huskies from 1993-97 and was a member of the 1995 national championship team and ’96 Final Four squad. She was the Associated Press National Player of the Year as a senior and was a two-time First Team All-American as a junior and senior by the AP.
Wolters’ selection to the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame was announced last week and she will be inducted on June 10 in Knoxville, Tenn.
Wolters was the Big East Conference Player of the Year as a senior and the Big East Tournament MVP as a junior and senior. Wolters remains eighth in school history in career rebounds with 927 and is third in blocks with 370.
She was a member of the 2000 United States Olympic team that won a gold medal and was also a member of the 1997 USA national team. In 1996, she won a gold medal with the United States at the World University Games. Wolters was an alternate for the 1996 United States Olympic team.
Wolters played five seasons in the WNBA for Houston, Indiana and Sacramento and also played for the New England Blizzard of the ABL in 1998. As a rookie, she was part of Houston’s 1998 WNBA championship team.
She is one of only nine women’s basketball players in history to win an NCAA Championship, an Olympic Gold Medal and a WNBA Championship.
Wolters was a member of the inaugural class of the Huskies of Honor recognition program.
Wolters currently serves as a studio host for UConn women’s basketball games on SNY. Her broadcasting duties also include a stint as the color analyst for UConn games on WTIC NewsTalk.
She operates the Dream Big Basketball Camps each summer, gives private basketball lessons and serves as a motivational speaker. Wolters is a native of Holliston, Mass., and played at Holliston High School.
She and her husband, Sean Drinan, have two daughters -- Sydney Elizabeth and Delaney Katherine.
Wolters is involved in fundraising for The Michael Carter Lisnow Respite Center in Hopkinton, Mass. The center provides emotional and physical support for individuals with disabilities and their families. Wolters’ sister, Katie, benefited greatly from the services of the center before passing away in 2004.