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Marsha Blount was born and raised in Mount Vernon, New York. Marsha was one of three captains of the MVHS girls basketball team that won the first New York State Girls Public School Championship while going undefeated at 25-0. Marsha won MVP of the championship game and was awarded a full scholarship to Division 1 Queens College where she played four years. Marsha’s high school jersey was retired and hangs from the rafters of Mount Vernon High School.
Marsha began her professional career in finance. After her playing days were over, she began her coaching career with the Lady Diamonds Semi-Pro Women’s Team, which was a prelude to the launch of the WNBA.
In 2005, Marsha became the first African American woman to own a men’s professional basketball team, when she purchased the Newark Express (Jersey Express) in the historic American Basketball Association (ABA). Marsha’s team is currently the oldest team in the ABA.
In 2017, Marsha became the Founder and CEO of the Women’s American Basketball Association (WABA). The WABA is the sister league of the ABA. The league’s inaugural season launched in 2017 with seven teams. The league continues to grow, providing ownership opportunities and additional opportunities for players, coaches, officials and operation staff.
Marsha Blount, CEO