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100 years ago: Girls’ basketball catches on in Lawrence

January 31, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Jan. 31, 1912:

"There is to be a girls' basketball team in Lawrence now. A challenge has been received by the girls of the Baptist church issued by the girls of the Methodist church for the first big game, and it is expected that the contest will be a very exciting one indeed. As many of the girls who will take part are University students the first game will not take place until after quiz week so that the girls will have ample opportunity to study. Then the fun will start in earnest. The plan is to include all the churches in the city where there are girls interested in basketball. In this manner the girls of the various churches will be brought together and in addition to getting to know one another well, they also will be able to enjoy some good clean, wholesome sport.... Basketball is being revived now by girls throughout the middle west. The girls in the K.U. Gym classes are fond of the game and play constantly in connection with their Gym work. Some of the girls are said to be quite expert and it is expected that the contests will have as much 'pep' to them as any in which the boys take part.... The girls are all 'keen' for the sport. The games may take place in the Gym up hill or they can be played at the down town Y.M.C.A. Basketball has proved to be one of the most successful sports for girls, as it is a game in which there is plenty of exercising without being harmful physically. There is no doubt but that the girls' basketball tournament will attract much attention."

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mom_of_three 2 years, 2 months ago

"Basketball has proved to be one of the most successful sports for girls, as it is a game in which there is plenty of exercising without being harmful physically." Boy, don't things change in 100 years. Basketball is a contact sport, with blown acl's and concussions.

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