A legacy begins with a passion . . .
“. . . we feel that there has been laid a foundation for girls’ athletics at this institution that will materialize until we have one of the best girls’ basketball teams that can be found anywhere in this country.”1928 Wayland yearbook
The Hutcherson Flying Queens Foundation has been in place since 2012, but the Flying Queens program has been committed to excellence since 1948!
How we celebrate and preserve the Flying Queens legacy
Honors and Awards
An HFQF Honors Committee was created to seek recognition for former players, coaches, and sponsors by submitting nominations to various Halls of Fame, starting with these five: Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame (WBHOF), Texas Sports Hall of Fame (TSHOF), Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame, and Wayland Athletic Hall of Honor.
In the Foundation’s efforts to win induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, one strategy to build awareness came through players’ stories. These personal accounts about their experiences as a Flying Queen and the impact of that experience provided a unique insight into the Flying Queen program that no statistic or win-loss record could portray.
As a part of the HFQF’s strategic plan, the Foundation is reaching to former players, coaches and sponsors to submit their stories with the goal of having 100 stories by the end of 2024.
Flying Queens Museum – NOW OPEN!
The museum tells the story of the origins and growth and impact of the Flying Queens basketball program. Because of the longevity of the program, a timeline of the Flying Queens’ history also provides an insight into the growth of the women’s game.
The museum is the culmination of a dream among a number of former Flying Queen players and coaches to share what they believe is a unique story in women’s sports.
The Flying Queens Museum will live in the Mabee Regional Heritage Center on the Wayland Baptist University campus.
Here is a gallery of photos from the Museum’s Grand Opening.