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Penn State women’s basketball: Late Haverbeck receives WBCA honor

The late Mary Jo Haverbeck, former associate sports information director at Penn State University, was named the winner of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s (WBCA) Mel Greenberg Media Award, the organization announced Tuesday.

Named after Mel Greenberg, the Philadelphia Inquirer sportswriter who founded the Associated Press Top 25 women’s basketball poll, the award is presented annually to a member of the media who has best displayed a commitment to women’s basketball and to advancing the role of the media in the women’s game.

“Mary Jo worked relentlessly promoting the game of women’s basketball and her excitement and passion for the game could be seen in her life’s work,” said WBCA CEO Beth Bass.

Haverbeck earned several lifetime achievement honors from the College Sports Information Directors of America for her work in the field of athletic communications. She was the first woman inducted into the CoSIDA Hall of Fame in 1995 and in 2001 she received the organization’s inaugural Trailblazer Award.

Haverbeck, who died in January, will be formally recognized during the WBCA Awards Show, which will be held at 6:30 p.m. April 7 in the Omni Nashville Hotel’s Broadway Ballroom. Nashville is the site of this season’s Final Four.