TSU Alum Moore’s influence reaches beyond court

Above from left, JCBE member Carol Ann Haddad chats with Anita McKnight, Sammy Moore, and Sasha Mooreat the reception that announced the naming of Noe’s athletic field for Sammy Moore, a longtime teacher and coach.

Moore’s influence reaches beyond court

In his physical prime, Samuel “Sammy” Moore was a larger-than-life presence on the basketball court.

He was Most Valuable Player (MVP) in Kentucky’s first integrated high school basketball game, and he played on the first minority team to win a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) title.

The talent that launched Sammy Moore, 81, to a basketball career with the Harlem Globetrotters helped launch his second chapter, a 45-year span of teaching, coaching, and changing lives. Moore was honored by friends and colleagues in an effusive ceremony on Fri., Dec. 5, during which the athletic field at Noe Middle was named in his honor. The event attracted several former principals, colleagues, and school administrators; members of the JCBE; and Moore’s family and friends.

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