Women's History Hall of Fame Brunch

Join us in 2022 as we celebrate the influential women of Deerfield Beach who have served as role models, demonstrated a commitment to the City, invested time, talent, and resources to make a difference.


When: Saturday, March 26, 2022
Where: Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex, 445 SW 2nd St.
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Fee: $10


Come out for a delicious brunch buffet and entertainment as we honor these most deserving individuals! Tickets may be purchased at the Johnnie Tigner, Sr. Community Center at the Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex.  


Denim, Diamonds, and Pearls


Tamara James grew up in Dania Beach and went to South Broward High School. James won 3 state championships where she was named the Most Valuable Player in each Championship. South Broward High School High School retired her jersey in 2007. 

Tamara played college basketball at the University of Miami where she is the all-time leading scorer for both men & women with 2,406 points. James is a Hall of Famer and her jersey was retired in 2010. In 2006, James was selected in the 1st round, 6th overall pick by the Washington Mystics of the WNBA. 

As a former WBNA athlete and professional European basketball player, Tamara has learned the value of teamwork, leadership, dedication, perseverance, and hard work; and as the all-time leading scorer for men's and women's basketball at the University of Miami, Ms. James exhibits a dignified humility of the beloved state d Florida- a place which has fully contributed to her growth, experience, and finest accomplishments. Needless to say, being a leader comes naturally for Ms. James. She spent nine years as a professional basketball player and has been blessed with the opportunities to not only play in the WNBA but also play in Spain, Turkey, and Israel. Her travels and overseas experiences have strengthened her ability to adapt and deepened her love for learning about the multitude of cultures around the world. In 2016, Tamara was inducted into the University of Miami's Hall of Fame. "I have been truly blessed to have had all the opportunities and accomplishments with basketball," says Mayor James, "but what means the most to me is using all that I have gained to give back so that our future generations can achieve more." And she certainly has.

After nine years playing professional basketball, James returned to her hometown of Dania Beach where she ran for local office and served as the City's youngest Mayor in Broward's oldest city.

Now, in her second term as the Mayor of Dania Beach, James returned to her hometown of Dania Beach (gaining the most amount of votes in the history of Dania Beach on both occasions), James is responsible for adding policies that fight discrimination, renourish the beach, promote homeownership by helping creating an affordable housing program and help create many local jobs.

In 2006, Ms. James started the "Tamara James Foundation, Inc." with a mission to empower, educate, and strengthen the area by providing opportunities to build strong children, strong families, strong communities, and strong future generations through sports and community events. Through Tamara's philanthropic and charitable initiatives, she has been able to provide health resources, food and clothing, sports clinics for the youth and several other opportunities in hopes to bridge the gap and promote unity within the surrounding communities. In fact, she has been giving back to her community since her teenage years, and her ardor for the improvement and progression of Dania Beach has only grown since.

In 2010, James had a street named after her in Dania Beach, Tamara James Avenue. In addition, she was chosen to have her photo on a signal box earlier this year. She continues to break barriers and evolve to one of the most decorate athletes in Broward County for her efforts on and off the court.


Sylvia Smaldone
Judy Wilson
Mary Joyce Philpart-Morris
Emily Lilly
Joanie Gould