WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University athletics department will retire two basketball jerseys on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in between a Bison men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader at the Field House. Former Bison greats Ronda Jo Miller '01 and Kevin Milligan '67 will have their former basketball jerseys, numbers 23 and 24, respectively, retired as those numbers will no longer be used by future Bison basketball players. These are the first-ever retired numbers in GU athletics history.
Gallaudet men’s basketball will host SUNY Cobleskill at 1 p.m. followed by the women’s game at 3 p.m. This is the annual Alumni Basketball Madness game, there will be discounts and events for GU alumni to participate in. Prior to the basketball doubleheader there will be a ceremonial brunch held at the Peikoff Alumni House ("Ole Jim") from 10:30 a.m. until noon. Tickets for the basketball jersey retirement festivities cost $20 and include brunch and game admission. If interested in purchasing tickets please email firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to purchase your ticket(s) is Feb. 1, 2014. There is a limit of 75 tickets for this event.
Payments can be dropped off in-person or mailed to:
Gallaudet University Alumni Relations
Peikoff Alumni House
800 Florida Ave., NE
Washington, DC 20002
Miller was inducted into the Gallaudet Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008. She was a three-time Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) All-American first team selection, three-time Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Player of the Year and holds numerous school records. She led Division III in scoring average (26.3 points per game) during the 1998-99 season when the Bison (24-6) reached the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA tournament. She still holds the Division III all-time career mark for rebounds (1,545) in 106 games played.
Milligan was inducted into the Gallaudet Athletics Hall of Fame in 1995. When he graduated in 1967 he left as the leading scorer in Bison men’s basketball history with 1,681 points scored (22.4 points per game average). In four different games he scored 40 or more points that included a 47-point game, a school record at the time. He was a two-time Mason-Dixon all-conference selection during his four-year playing career.