Collegiate basketball fans will remember Lennie from his award-winning years on the UNC men’s basketball team. Most notably, Lennie led the 1957 team to a 32-0 season and UNC’s first NCAA national championship. He has since been listed among the “100 Greatest College Basketball Players of All Time.” Later in 1957, Lennie joined the NBA’s Philadelphia Warriors as a first-round draft pick. After retiring from basketball, he enjoyed many years as a high school teacher and basketball coach. Lennie has developed knee osteoarthritis, but it doesn’t seem to slow him down. He and Dianne regularly attend UNC home games and are making plans to travel to Washington, DC, for the 2016 ACC tournament.
Speaking of Dianne, she shares many interests with Lennie, including an unbridled passion for basketball (and football!), cheering on the Tar Heels year after year. Dianne is a native North Carolinian. Born in Charlotte, she moved to Chapel Hill to attend UNC and spent much of her professional career as a teacher before pursuing her interest in real estate. Dianne also has osteoarthritis, but her positive attitude and her sense of humor brighten the mood of anyone she meets.
Lennie and Dianne bring an interesting perspective to the OA Action Alliance. Their individual and shared experiences with osteoarthritis lend a dose of reality and encouragement to those who deal with the daily challenges of life with this degenerative joint disease. The Rosenbluths will be joining us in various efforts to raise awareness for osteoarthritis so be on the lookout for more in the spring. For now, we hope you will join us in welcoming Lennie and Dianne to the OA Action Alliance!