Dec. 9, 2010
Miguel Lemming and Jo-Jo Vital-Herne
Two Sailfish sports legends have joined the ranks of Palm Beach Atlantic University's Sports Hall of Fame. They are basketball's Marjorie "Jo-Jo" Vital-Herne, who played from 1999 to 2002, and soccer's Miguel Lemming, who played from 2001 to 2004.
Vital-Herne is the women's basketball all-time leading scorer with 1,127 career points, as well as the all-time leader in games played, total rebounds and blocked shots. She also was a four-time Florida Sun Conference All-Conference selection.
Lemming played a career total 58 games for the Sailfish during which he tallied 37 goals, 22 assists and 96 points. He was on the Florida Sun Conference first team in 2001 and was named PBA Male Newcomer of the Year in 2002.
Vita-Herne was introduced to basketball at W.J. Bryan Elementary School in North Miami, Fla. After winning first place in a shooting contest, "it became a match made in heaven," she said.
Trying out for the PBA team, she remembers being up against a hundred or more potential players. "I was excited when I was chosen," she said.
Vital-Herne said her time at PBA "strengthened me and taught me valuable life lessons."
Following the death of both her mother and an aunt, she said, "My professors, the student body, my teammates and my coaches became the support I needed through one of the most difficult times of my life."
Vital-Herne went on to earn a bachelor's degree in communication from PBA in 2002 and a master's degree in social work from Barry University. She lives in Miami and has worked as a mental health specialist.
Lemming, who was born in Zimbabwe, Africa, was recruited in his teens to play for the national team. He later qualified for the Sydney Olympic Games. After a debilitating back injury ended his hopes of playing in the Olympics, his neurologist said he would never play again. Six months later he was fully recovered. "God protected me," Lemming said.
Soon Lemming had offers to play professionally in Britain and Italy. He also had an offer for a full scholarship to Harris Stowe State College in St. Louis. He chose the education.
In 2001 Lemming headed for the U.S. with $400 and a backpack. "I trusted God to order my steps," he said.
After one semester in St. Louis, Lemming headed to Palm Beach Atlantic, where he said, "I developed my passion for Christ."
Lemming graduated from PBA in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in international business and in 2006 with a Master of Business Administration.
Today Lemming is a project manager and logistics specialist with McCollister's Transportation Group, Inc. in New Jersey. He lives in Medford, N.J.
See other inductees to Palm Beach Atlantic's Sports Hall of Fame. For schedules and news on all Sailfish sports go to www.pbasailfish.com.