Ivy League Announces Distinguished 2020 Class of Legends of Ivy League Basketball

Photo by Gil Talbot
Photo by Gil Talbot

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Charlie Baker and Catherine Crisera Kelley were named this week to fourth annual 16-member class of Legends of Ivy League Basketball. Baker and Crisera Kelley were part of a legendary class that embody the unrivaled experience afforded Ivy League student-athletes and have left a lasting impact on their respective basketball programs, universities and chosen professions.

A defensive-minded power forward for Harvard's 1977-78 squad, Baker was an integral part of the team, eventually graduating from the school in 1979, and obtaining an MBA from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management. After working in government for eight years, Baker left to become the CEO of Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates and later Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, a non-profit health benefits company. Baker was elected as the 72nd Governor of Massachusetts in January of 2015 and sworn in for a second term four years later. He is credited with economic growth, the overhaul of the state's criminal justice system, increased funding to tackle teen vaping and opioid addiction. 

Crisera Kelley, a four-year letterwinner at Harvard, helped the Crimson capture the program's third Ivy League title in 1991, marking the school's first championship since 1988. Harvard finished the campaign with a 16-10 record and a 12-2 effort in Ivy action. At the conclusion of the 1992-93 season, Crisera Kelly was named the team's most improved player, and served as team captain during her senior year. The San Francisco, California native graduated from Harvard in 1994 with a degree in literature, and went on to win an Emmy with the CBS Sports Olympic Unit in 1998.

Each Ivy League institution is represented by one male and one female honoree, as selected by their university athletic department.

"The members of the 2020 Legends of Ivy League Basketball class exemplify the unrivaled experience that our student-athletes receive," said Executive Director Robin Harris. "These distinguished individuals have accomplished much—on the court, in the classroom and in life—and we look forward to celebrating them at Ivy Madness in March."

Each legend will be formally honored at the 2020 Ivy League Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments on Saturday, March 14, at Lavietes Pavilion in Cambridge, Mass. A variety of ticket offerings are on sale now via IvyMadness.com.

LEGENDS OF IVY LEAGUE BASKETBALL

Brown
- Martina Jerant, Student-Athlete (1991-95)
- Mike Waitkus, Student-Athlete (1982-86)

Columbia
- Helen Doyle Yeager, Student-Athlete (1981-85)
- TBA

Cornell
- Karen Force, Student-Athlete (2000-04)
- Jeff Foote, Student-Athlete (2010-14)

Dartmouth
- Susan Stuebner, Student-Athlete (1989-93)
- Walter Palmer, Student-Athlete (1986-90)

Harvard
- Catherine Crisera Kelley, Student-Athlete (1990-94)
- Charlie Baker, Student-Athlete (1975-79)

Penn
- Jewel Clark, Student-Athlete (2000-04)
- Bruce Lefkowitz, Student-Athlete (1983-87)

Princeton
- Ellen DeVoe, Student-Athlete (1982-86)
- Brian Taylor, Student-Athlete (1969-72)

Yale
- Mary Kalich, Student-Athlete (1991-95)
- Steve Leondis, Student-Athlete (1979-83)