Pearl Moore Basketball Center open house set
Florence City Council will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house on Thursday, April 12, at 4 p.m. at the new Pearl Moore Basketball Center located at 500 Barnes Street, just off West Evans Street.
This highly anticipated new gymnasium facility will host the City’s growing youth basketball league for practice, games and tournaments. The facility will also host various travel basketball tournaments which will provide an economic impact for our community as participants and spectators visit Florence and take part in these events.
The gymnasium features approximately 31,525 sq. ft. and includes three full-size basketball courts, concessions, a hospitality/ lobby area, staff office space, restrooms, storage, and program rooms.
Based on a recommendation from Francis Marion University President Dr. Fred Carter, the City named the new gymnasium for Florence native basketball talent, Pearl Frances Moore.
Moore was born in Florence on March 16, 1957, graduated from Wilson High School in 1975 and Francis Marion University in 1979. She was a three-time MVP for the Wilson Lady Tigers. At Francis Marion, Moore was a four-time All-American and set the all-time women’s college basketball career scoring record of 4,061 points – a mark that still stands.
Following college graduation, she went on to play professionally for three seasons, including an All-Star campaign with the St. Louis Streak in 1980-81. She has been inducted into four Hall of Fames (Florence Area Sports, Francis Marion Athletic, South Carolina Athletic, and the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, TN).
She was presented the Order of the Palmetto by the state legislature in 1979 and designated as a Palmetto Lady, and also presented a key to the City of Florence with March 26, 1979 designated as Pearl Moore Day in Florence. She has continued contributing to the Florence community since her return home with the organization of a summer basketball camp that serves underprivileged youth in the City of Florence.