Leora “Sam” Jones​

Team Handball
Inducted: 2004
  • Native of Mount Olive, NC​
  • Played basketball at Louisburg College and East Carolina University from 1978–1982
  • Switched to team handball in 1982 and quickly became one of the world’s top players
  • Member of the U.S. Olympic team in 1984, 1988, and 1992
  • Led the team to a fourth-place finish in the 1984 games
  • Also led the U.S. to the gold medal in 1987 Pan-American Games
  • Second-leading scorer in the 1988 Olympics
  • Voted U.S. Player of the Year three times