Wells to be honored today

ELKINS — Today local people will celebrate a talented woman who made history in Elkins in the 1980s.

In 1984, Georgeann Wells became the first woman in the NCAA to dunk a basketball, doing so in Elkins at the former National Guard Armory, which is now known as the Phil Gainer Community Center.

At 10 a.m. today, people will be gathering to celebrate Wells and her accomplishment at the Community Center.

PGCC facility manager Chris Lee said he is thrilled to have Wells return to Elkins.

“The first woman to dunk in a game is returning to the gym where it all happened — how cool is that?” Lee asked.

An original piece of art commissioned by Richard and Rose Harvey and created by Brad Basil will be displayed prominently in the gym to serve as a memento for the athlete’s monumental achievement.

“This is such a great moment in sports history that happened right here in our very own small town,” Lee said. “I’d like to encourage everyone to come out and give this incredible woman the reception she deserves.

“When she dunked that ball over 30 years ago, (Wells) put Elkins in the history books — it’s a real treat that we get to unveil this artwork in her presence,” he added.

Following this morning’s ceremony, Wells will serve as the honorary parade marshal in the Mountain State Forest Festival’s grand feature parade.

Wells’ visit to Elkins is sponsored by Elkins Physical Therapy Service.