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Alum Jansen featured by On Wisconsin magazine & ESPN

March 01, 2018
UW-Madison alumna Jo Ann Heckroth Jansen continues to play basketball with the San Diego Splash at age 82, and was recently featured by On Wisconsin magazine.

Jansen received her bachelor's degree in physical education from the UW-Madison School of Education in 1957. Jansen had a lifelong career of teaching physical education and special education before retiring at age 77. 

Jo Ann Heckroth Jansen
Jo Ann Heckroth Jansen
San Diego Splash, a basketball team for women over 80 years old, has gotten considerable attention after being covered by ESPN. However, Jansen is more focused on the positive impressions she and her team are leaving for young girls, saying, “They bring signs, and they cheer, and they stay for the whole game. I think they look up to us.”

"Meanwhile, the Splash’s popularity has grown quickly. The players put earnings from their newfound notoriety toward sending young girls to basketball camps," reports On Wisconsin magazine. 

Read the full On Wisconsin article: "Jo Ann Heckroth Jansen."