PONTOTOC, Miss. (WTVA) - Jeanie Dale is a staple at the NMMC Health and Wellness Center in Pontotoc.
Dale has been the manager there for fourteen years.
In a past life, Dale was a basketball star. The Shannon native played for Itawamba Junior College and Ole Miss before being drafted by the St. Louis Streak of the short-lived Women's Professional Basketball League (WBL), the first organized professional basketball league for women.
The league folded in 1981, but its impact will never be forgotten. The former WBL players were recognized as trailblazers of the game at June's Women's Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Dale remembers the night fondly.
"It was very fun," said Dale. "The whole night was about women realizing their goals and their dreams."
Dale says being a trailblazer wasn't easy.
"We would leave St. Louis, fly to San Francisco, play a game at 7 o'clock, fly back that night, practice at 7 a.m. the next morning," said Dale. "It wasn't for the faint of heart."
Jeanie Dale left the WBL after one year to return to Mississippi and get married.