Peoria’s Carla McGhee played a part on one of America’s greatest teams

Peoria's Carla McGhee played a part on one of America's greatest teams.
Peoria's Carla McGhee played a part on one of America's greatest teams.(WEEK)
Published: Jul. 4, 2022 at 10:47 PM CDT
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PEORIA (25 News Now) - Peoria’s Carla McGhee will say she played on the real dream team. Forget that Michael Jordan, Larry Bird team. Carla McGhee played on the 1986 US Women’s Olympic gold medal team, a team that went 60-0 including pre-Olympic games, a team that ignited the country on women’s basketball.

“I do know, being a part of the ‘96 team, we did help lay a foundation and maybe there wouldn’t have been a WNBA and they’ve been on 25 years,” McGhee said. “I’m a person that took the torch, ran with it, then handed it off to another generation.”

The 1996 women’s basketball team is featured in the new ESPN documentary “Dream On”

“To be honest, I didn’t know how important it was,” said McGhee. “All I know, in that moment, I had a goal, I wanted to be an Olympian, I wanted to win a gold medal. It wasn’t probably until I saw the film in all actuality and the importance of what we did, why we did it, and how we did it.

“I didn’t know but now I’m glad I do know how important that team was, how important my endeavors to the sport were and how important I am today.”

Before McGhee became a member of the dream team, the gold medal team of 96 before she won two national championships as a Tennessee Volunteer, McGhee was a state champion at Peoria Manual. She is certainly a Peorian for life.

“I came over the bridge today and I saw that sign Peoria and it never gets old,” said McGhee. “I’m proud to be a kid that grew up in Peoria that went on and did some really cool things. That piece of leather, that brown ball it changed my life.”

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