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Flo Hyman Scholarship

The Flo Hyman Scholarship is awarded annually by the Kansas Volleyball Association at the All-Star Match.  Hyman died in Japan on January 24, 1986, of Marfan syndrome, a genetic abnormality that affects connective tissue.  Her aorta ruptured, preventing the flow of blood from the heart.  Hyman was leaving a match with Daiei, her team in the Japanese professional league.  She took a seat on the bench, then slumped to the floor. 

Flo Hyman led the American women to their highest point to date - the Olympic silver medal.  She had been with the team since 1974.  She played at the University of Houston and transformed the college game.  Hyman was large in life, a 6'5" giant who was totally dedicated to volleyball.  She would be proud of the way the sport has grown since her death.  "Whatever we say about Flo, it is not enough," said Arie Selinger, the coach of the U.S. Women at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.  "She was, and always will be, a legend."

The Flo Hyman Scholarship Award was established by the K.V.A. in 1987.  The qualifications for the award are financial need, future plans to play collegiate volleyball, sportsmanship, team leadership, and the desire to promote the sport of volleyball.


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