Oct 4, 2010
Oakland Women’s Coach Francis Recognized For Community Service

ROCHESTER, Mich. – Oakland University women’s basketball coach Beckie Francis was recognized for her outstanding service at the Esteemed Women of Michigan Luncheon on Monday at the Royal Park Hotel. The list of honorees included judges, state representatives and the Michigan Surgeon General.

“It was a great event that helped bring awareness to the Gary Burnstein Community Health Clinic, said Francis. There were many wonderful women there and it was great to meet such dedicated servants from our community,

The purpose of the luncheon was to recognize women of Michigan who have excelled in their profession, risen above their circumstances, developed a means to help others or have become an inspirational figure for younger generations.

Francis fits several of those criteria, as she embarks upon her 11th season as head coach at Oakland, where she has fashioned a 187-112 record and guided the Golden Grizzlies to the postseason on four separate occasions. She led OU to school’s first-ever NCAA Division I Tournament appearance in 2002 and did so again in 2006. She was also the first to lead Oakland to the Women’s National Invitational Tournament (WNIT), which she did in 2007 and 2009.

In addition to the work on the court, Francis is engaged in developing the all-around qualities of her players. Her team is actively involved in community service and is successful in the classroom. The Oakland women’s basketball team has been named to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Top 25 Academic Honor Roll in each of the past five seasons.

Coach Francis also serves as an adviser for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Oakland. In the summer of 2007 she took a team of young women to France as part of the Athletes in Action program.

The luncheon raised awareness for the Burnstein Community Health Clinic. The Clinic’s mission is to provide primary free health care and dental services to low-income and under-insured families in the local community and assists over 5,500 patients per-year. For more information on the clinic, click here.

Francis and her team will tip off the 2010-11 season with exhibition play in late October, before hosting Penn State in the first regular-season home game on Nov. 18 at the Athletic Center O’Rena. The OU women’s basketball team has a challenging and entertaining home schedule that includes Illinois, Cornell and Dartmouth, in addition to the traditionally tough Summit League opponents. Fans can purchase tickets at OUGrizzlies.com.

Oakland Women’s Coach Francis Recognized For Community Service

From ougrizzlies.com

ROCHESTER, Mich. – Oakland University women’s basketball coach Beckie Francis was recognized for her outstanding service at the Esteemed Women of Michigan Luncheon on Monday at the Royal Park Hotel. The list of honorees included judges, state representatives and the Michigan Surgeon General.

“It was a great event that helped bring awareness to the Gary Burnstein Community Health Clinic, said Francis. There were many wonderful women there and it was great to meet such dedicated servants from our community, ”

The purpose of the luncheon was to recognize women of Michigan who have excelled in their profession, risen above their circumstances, developed a means to help others or have become an inspirational figure for younger generations.

Francis fits several of those criteria, as she embarks upon her 11th season as head coach at Oakland, where she has fashioned a 187-112 record and guided the Golden Grizzlies to the postseason on four separate occasions. She led OU to school’s first-ever NCAA Division I Tournament appearance in 2002 and did so again in 2006. She was also the first to lead Oakland to the Women’s National Invitational Tournament (WNIT), which she did in 2007 and 2009.

In addition to the work on the court, Francis is engaged in developing the all-around qualities of her players. Her team is actively involved in community service and is successful in the classroom. The Oakland women’s basketball team has been named to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Top 25 Academic Honor Roll in each of the past five seasons.

Coach Francis also serves as an adviser for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Oakland. In the summer of 2007 she took a team of young women to France as part of the Athletes in Action program.

The luncheon raised awareness for the Burnstein Community Health Clinic. The Clinic’s mission is to provide primary free health care and dental services to low-income and under-insured families in the local community and assists over 5,500 patients per-year. For more information on the clinic, click here .

Francis and her team will tip off the 2010-11 season with exhibition play in late October, before hosting Penn State in the first regular-season home game on Nov. 18 at the Athletic Center O’Rena. The OU women’s basketball team has a challenging and entertaining home schedule that includes Illinois, Cornell and Dartmouth, in addition to the traditionally tough Summit League opponents. Fans can purchase tickets at OUGrizzlies.com .






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