Kentucky Girls High School Sports

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High school girl's sports in Kentucky took a major hit when basketball was discontinued from 1932-1974. The passing of the "Basketball Bill" saw a resurgence in athletics for girl's in Kentucky high schools and colleges. This collection of seven interviews shares the memories and thoughts of athletes and coaches impacted by the legislation, from a player on the 1931 and 1932 girl's state championship basketball team, to the male coach of the first girl's basketball team at Warren Central High School. Topics range from reactions to the legislation being passed and the sport reintroducted, to equipment, facilities, and funds for teams, to why there was a dormant period to begin with.

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Kentucky Girls High School Sports

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Betty Langley is a Kentucky native. In this interview she discusses her education background and her reason for choosing to become a Physical Educator. She also describes sports while attending college and the future of sports for females in KY.

David Russell Young was born in 1951 in Barren County, Kentucky, and attended school in Tompkinsville, Kentucky. Young received a B.A. from EKU, a M.A. from University of Kentucky, and consequently began a career in secondary Physical Education. In the following interview Young details his role in developing the women's basketball program in…

Vanous Lloyd was born in 1947 in Bowling Green Kentucky. Loyd attended Western Kentucky University on a baseball scholarship, which jumpstarted his career in Physical Education. In the following interview Lloyd discusses his choices to become a Physical Education instructor, and his role as the first women's basketball coach at Warren Central High…

Mary (Betty) Elizabeth Langley was born in 1925 in Centertown, Kentucky. She was a graduate of Western Kentucky University, and maintained a professional and academic relationship with her alma mater upon graduating. In the following interview Langley details her experiences at Western and University of Kentucky clinics, as well the first women's…

Virginia Chapman was born in 1914 in Woodburn, Kentucky. In the following interview, Chapman recalls the time she spent playing basketball for Woodburn High School. Also included in the interview are detailed discussions on a variety of topics that are associated with women's basketball programs and competitions in Kentucky between 1929 and 1984.…

Joan Mitchell was born in Shelby County, Kentucky in 1936. Mitchell graduated from EKU with a B.A. in 1957 and a M.A. the following year. Upon completing her education she took up a position as a high school Physical Education instructor. Donna Wolfe was born in 1947, and received a M.A. from EKU in 1970. In the following interview both women…

Shirley Ann Laney was born in the year 1934 in Texas. Laney was involved in a variety of women's sports programs throughout the state. In the following interview Laney discusses Kentucky women's athletics at the secondary and post-secondary levels. Included in the interview are discussions over women's amateur golf championships, "Basketball…
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