It is with great sadness that we inform you that Doris Robinson a well known member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc., and the wife of legendary Eddie Robinson — one of the most respected football coaches in college football history — has passed at 96 years old.
Doris grew up in Baton Rouge and knew her husband Eddie since elementary school. The two were together in college and moved to Grambling when Eddie took over its football program in 1941. Eddie and Doris became the patriarch and matriarch of Grambling athletics and Doris was highly visible and well known by all who went to the university.
Eddie Robinson soon became one of the most respected football coaches in college football history with a record of 408 career game wins and Doris was always by his side. “Whether it was a game in Chicago, New York or Japan, Doris was always there,” The News Star reports.
In their 66 years presiding over the campus, the Robinsons helped put Grambling on the national map, sending players to the NFL and helping others in the community succeed.
Rep. Patrick O. Jefferson reffered to Doris as a “Louisiana treasure” while speaking at her funeral last week and other speakers used “The First Lady of football,” “the glue to the program” and a “national icon,” when describing her.
Are you an SGRho or a Grambling State grad who has memories of Doris? Leave them in the comment section below.
Click on the arrows below to see photos of Doris throughout the years.
This Is How Sigma Gamma Rho Is Working to Reduce Drowning Rates
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. and USA Swimming sponsored the 2017 Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) biennial World Junior Swimming Championships from August 23 – August 28, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The sorority was the presenting sponsor and did this as part of their mission to decrease drowning in the United States.
“This agreement expands the sorority’s five-year old partnership with USA Swimming and designates it as the only non-profit sorority involved in this world-class event. ‘It’s exciting to see the continued growth of our partnership with Sigma Gamma Rho as it elevates to the international stage with the sponsorship of the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships,” said Tim Hinchey, President & CEO of USA Swimming. “With the organization’s strong ties to Indianapolis, this event presents the perfect opportunity to showcase the unique relationship Sigma Gamma Rho has with USA Swimming.'” the sorority stated in a press release.
“The sponsorship between USA Swimming and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority will increase awareness about our “Swim 1922” partnership, named for the year our sorority was founded, aims to increase swim participation and decrease drowning rates in our communities,” stated Deborah Catchings-Smith, the International President of Sigma Gamma Rho.
“Last year alone, nearly 20,000 sorority members and affiliates participated in 117 swim clinics across the United States. These clinics yielded more than 2,500 swim lessons. “This partnership is a game changer for Sigma Gamma Rho as it aligns with our mission and strategic planning goals.” the press sororities release stated.
Alon with their swim clinics, the sorority hosted a class on how to protect Black hair while swimming and learning to swim.
Another lesson… protecting and caring for your hair after swimming in the pool. Thanks Mezei Jefferson, director of Education for Multicultural Beauty at Loreal USA, and Gabrielle Corney, celebrity stylist, for sharing great tips at the Carol's Daughter Beauty Suite. #SGRho #SigmaGammaRho #FINAWorldJrsIndy #Swim1922
Take a look at this interview that was done with International President Deborah Catchings-Smith as well as some of the people who helped with the event.
According to the press release, “A recent study by the USA Swimming Foundation revealed a 5-10 percent improvement amongst America’s youth in overall swimming ability from its previous findings in 2010. The study was conducted by the University of Memphis and University of Nevada-Las Vegas. USA Swimming attributes much of this decline to the sorority’s efforts.”
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Watch How the SGRhos Reveal New Members at the University of Pittsburgh
Have you seen how the SGRhos reveal new members at the University of Pittsburgh?!
The women of the Theta Nu Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. revealed their newest line at the University of Pittsburgh and they held it down for their org and their state.
Check out the video below and show these ladies some LOVE!
Video by Jonathan Dickey
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