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As usual, Val Ackerman leads the way

Former WNBA president among six Women's Basketball Hall of Fame 2011 inductees

Originally Published: June 6, 2011
By Mechelle Voepel | ESPN.com

When Val Ackerman walks into the ceremonies honoring her this weekend as one of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame inductees, she'll be escorted by her two children. And her third "child" is a big part of why she'll be there.

Ackerman was the first WNBA president and a crucial figure in the development of the league. She "raised" the WNBA until it was an 8-year-old … and then came to the difficult but rewarding decision that two little girls, ages 11 and 9, had to take ...

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