Salute To Women Honors Sharon Versyp

Sharon Versyp has spent countless hours volunteering across Greater Lafayette while serving as head coach of the women's basketball team at Purdue.

Posted: Feb 26, 2020 3:08 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Many know Sharon Versyp as the head coach for the Purdue Women's Basketball Team.

But her accomplishments go beyond beyond being the winningest coach in Purdue women's basketball history.

She has spent countless hours volunteering across Greater Lafayette.

"All the people in this community are extremely important. All across the board, any needs that are possible. And I'll do anything possible for them," said Versyp.

As a breast cancer survivor, Versyp has volunteered at the Community Cancer Network for nearly a decade. She helps organize the group's annual Cancer Gala.

"It has raised, this past year, over $160,000. We've been doing that for over five years so each year it's gone up," said Versyp.

Versyp has also served as the co-chair of the Lafayette Hunger Hike for 13 years. She said the event helps bring the community together for a good cause.

"Everyone needs everybody and we really need to rely on one another," said Versyp.

And Versyp has been committed to increasing the representation of women in athletics during her time as coach.
"We're inspiring each other together, we're learning from each other together, life lessons," said Versyp.

That team spirit is something Versyp has carried into the community.

"When we can be a unit, and that's including the community, anything's possible," said Versyp.

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