“The strength of a woman is not measured by the impact that all her hardships in life have had on her; but the strength of a woman is measured by the extent of her refusal to allow those hardships to dictate her and who she becomes.”

― C. JoyBell C.


This week Wall Ball is proud to recognize a fierce female competitor for the 2nd time in our “Player of the Week” series for her extraordinary achievements. In 2012 she was ranked #1 among 100 female Wall Ball athletes in and around the East Coast. She was “one of the fiercest competitors from 1993 to 2006, ranking always in the top 4 for Singles and Doubles” and this year she is the first female to ever receive the USHA Legend Award! Congratulations to our new Player of the Week – Gladys Miranda!  

Article written by Dr. Sophia Murphy

Renowned for her accuracy and serious demeanor on the court, she never cracked under the pressure. Perhaps a handful of her closest friends are aware that she developed superb lateral movement and ball retrieving ability while in college where she was on athletic scholarship for volleyball. Then she later parlayed these skill into her infamous game play style competitively. It wasn’t until she was about 20, where her passion for handball was ignited by watching the “The Legends” such as Buddy Grant, Angel Marquez, and Emmit Fitzgerald just to name a few spare on the handball courts at West 4th Street. She gravitated to the art form of the game at this park. These men played alongside the cage where interestingly enough you could find NBA pros in pick-up games with equal intensity and athleticism. Handball at this time had few great female competitors. Gladys transitioned easily to the sport and shined in the women’s division, she even paved a name for herself in Men’s B division by placing in finals of the doubles repeatedly!

For over two decades, she forged great friendships in partnering with some of the best to have played the sport. Having won historical tournaments and unruly pickup games that will go down in history as some of the most memorable it was through her sheer diligence and hard work she became a cornerstone in women’s handball. Through her sheer diligence and hard work she has not only become a cornerstone in women’s handball, She has also now earned the recognition of becoming the recipient of the “2013 Legends Award.

Congratulations to our new Player of the Week – Gladys Miranda!

Gladys and her daughter Halle

St. Albans Handball Association

(Karen McConney, Dwight Worley & Gladys Miranda)