Montclair State Alumna Carol ‘The Blaze’ Blazejowski ’78 a Nominee for New Jersey Hall of Fame
Among this list of illustrious New Jerseyans is Montclair State’s own Carol “The Blaze” Blazejowski ’78, who was nominated in the Sports category along with coaches Bill Parcells and Bob Hurley, Giants owner Wellington Mara, broadcasting icons Dick Vitale and Ed Sabol, track star Mary Decker Slaney, football greats Milt Campbell and Rosy Grier, and baseball legend Monte Irvin.
Nominees are also presented in categories including Historical, Arts and Entertainment, Enterprise, and a General category that includes educators, writers, poets, military leaders, scholars, and more.
Blazejowski, one of the most legendary trailblazers in women’s basketball, was completely surprised to see her name among the nominees, which were announced on Wednesday, October 12, 2011. “I had no idea I was going to be nominated, let alone be in the company of these great sports figures,” she said. “I am truly honored and humbled to receive this recognition.”
Blazejowski’s athletic accomplishments are numerous. She was named an All-American in 1976, 1977, and 1978, and won the first Wade Trophy for the Women’s Basketball Player of the Year in 1978. She was the U.S. Olympic team women’s basketball captain in 1980 and holds the men’s and women’s collegiate single game scoring record in Madison Square Garden with 52 points. She was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999, the James A. Naismith National Basketball Hall of Fame in 1994, and the Montclair State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1989.
In addition to being a Montclair State alumna, Blazejowski returned to the University earlier this year to serve as associate vice president of University Advancement following a career as the president and general manager of the New York Liberty, one of the founding Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) franchises.
The New Jersey Hall of Fame was created to honor citizens who have made invaluable contributions to society and the world beyond. The Hall of Fame reinforces the message to children that they can and should strive for excellence in any endeavor of their choosing. By presenting significant and powerful role models and teaching young people about the voting process, the Hall of Fame is a source of learning, inspiration, and hope for children.
According to John O’Brien, chair of the New Jersey Hall of Fame Voting Committee and director of the New Jersey Press Foundation, “As people study the candidates and decide how to vote, they will be learning about great role models who never gave up in the pursuit of their dreams.”
For a complete list of nominees and to cast your ballot, visit the New Jersey Hall of Fame website.