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Six-on-Six Girls’ Basketball program at Historical Society Wed, April 3

March 30, 2019
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

The Tama County Historical Society will host a program on Iowa's six-on-six girls basketball legacy on Wednesday, April 3, beginning at 7 p.m. in the genealogical library, 200 N. Broadway, Toledo. The Humanities Iowa program is free and open to the public.

For most of the 20th century, Iowa was known for its devotion to a unique form of women's sport known as six-on-six girls' basketball. As other states abandoned six-on-six in the 1970s, Iowa remained committed to this half-court game until 1993, when the final six-player championship was held. This multimedia presentation recounts Iowa's six-on-six history, connects it to the development of girls' and women's sport in the U.S., and welcomes audience members to share their own stories and collections.

"Six-on-Six Girls' Basketball in Iowa: Traditions, Transitions, and Legacies," is presented by Jennifer Sterling, a lecturer in the Sports Studies program in the Department of American Studies at the University of Iowa. A small-town Iowa native (Fremont), she completed her undergraduate degree at Central College and returned to her home state after completing a postdoctoral fellowship at Georgia Institute of Technology, and degrees at the University of Maryland (PhD) and Seattle Pacific University (MA). She teaches courses on sport in Iowa, inequality in American sport, sport technology, sport history and the Olympics.

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