The B/C all-stars basketball camps have seen a lot of talent come and go over the past 10 years: Dominique Wilkins. Mark Aguirre, Ralph Sampson, Vanna White, Chuck Person. Jeff Malone, Steve Alford.... In case you didn't notice, one name seems out of place on that list. Actually, for a long time nobody noticed that the model who appeared on the camp's posters wearing a B/C All-Stars T-shirt was none other than the Wheel of Fortune hostess.
It all started in 1978. Bill Bolton, a former assistant at Ole Miss and Florida State, was trying to get B/C off the ground. "Quite frankly, I was looking for a way to spice up our posters and calendars," says Bolton, who this summer will run camps in Carnesville, Ga., Rensselaer, Ind., and Gettysburg, Pa. "Young kids are more likely to hang up a calendar if it's got a pretty girl on it." So Bolton went to an Atlanta modeling agency, and of 100 or so photographs he perused, the one of White caught his eye. "When T met her, she was very shy but very nice," says Bolton. "Took the pictures myself—I had my wife with me. Vanna, who was a brunette then, was really in her prime. Course, I'm not saying she's exactly over the hill now." Spoken like a true basketball coach.
The posters and calendars with White on them were a hit, even though she had yet to become a household name. Says Bolton, "I guess you could say that Vanna and I went on to bigger and better things."