2017 Greater Flint African-American Sports Hall of Fame Inductee
Category: Multiple Sports
Parents: Laura Hodge
Starry Hodge grew up in Flint, MI and attended Flint Northwestern High School. Starry was a great all-around athlete becoming a State Champion in track & field and a two-time state champion in basketball. Starry’s excellence in track & field led her to being inducted into the Flint Northwestern Hall of Fame.
In Track & Field Starry was All-City, All-Valley, and All-State in the discus and shot put. Starry broke several records including the Badar Classic record for shot put, and the CMU relay record for Discus at a length of 43 feet 5 inches. In 1985 she broke the shot put and discus city records and won a state championship for discus. Starry also ran the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash, 300 meter low hurdles, 800-meter relay, and was the anchor on the 400-meter relay team. Starry was named team MVP in 1984 and went on to continue her track & field career at the University of Michigan.
Starry Hodge was a member of the Flint Northwestern 1983 and 1984 State Championship Basketball teams. In basketball, she received the Best Attitude Award in 1983 and 1984. In 2007 Starry was inducted into the Greater Flint African-American Sports Hall of Fame with the Flint Northwestern 1984 State Championship winning basketball team. Starry was also a member of the Flint Northwestern volleyball team in 1984, and was named to the All-City team.
In college, Starry won the discus and shot put events several times including a win in the shot put at the Canadian track & field meet and the discus at the Michigan Invitational track & field meet. In the Pen Relay’s in 1988, Starry came in first place in the discus with a distance of 143 feet and four inches.
Starry also took pride in excelling academically, at Flint Northwestern she was an Academic All-American and received the Saginaw Valley Conference Top Female Scholar Athlete Award. Starry was the valedictorian of her class and in 1985 she received the United States Army Reserve Top Female Scholar Athlete award. At the University of Michigan, she was Academic All-Big Ten in 1987 and 1998. Starry received the M-Club award for Academic and Athletic Excellence in 1987. Starry is presently a minister and attorney in Flint, MI.
Starry Hodge you are a true definition of being “Flint Strong”! You have made Flint proud, welcome to the Greater Flint African-American Sports Hall of Fame!