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Indianapolis, IN.  The American Basketball Association (ABA) today announced that the Fresno Flaming Sun-Rays have been added to the Far West Region of the league and will begin play in November. “We are very pleased to have Mattie Simmons and the Flaming Sun-Rays as part of the ABA.  A very interesting person with a terrific background and a love for the game of basketball,” stated ABA CEO Joe Newman.  “I have no doubt she will be a success and Mattie joins a great list of over 25 ABA women team owners.”

A native of Pittsburg, CA in the Bay Area, Mattie and her family moved to Fresno in the 70’s where she has lived and raised five children and has eight grandchildren.  She is a Behavioral Health Practitioner who holds a Masters degree in Psychology with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy.  “My goal is to embrace unity aligned with diversity,” added Mrs. Simmons, “while bringing community together with the strength of basketball one game at a time.”

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