This collection consists of twenty interviews recorded by Tom Chase in 2008, with former players, coaches, and others who were involved in varsity (intercollegiate) women’s basketball during the sport’s first three decades at Berea College (early 1960s to 2008).
Questions were designed to illuminate the whole person, not merely the athlete. Former players were asked about their home communities, hopes and expectations as students, campus labor assignments, and what they studied. They were also asked to reminisce about their teachers, coaches, classmates, and teammates and to reflect on what benefits they have derived from their experiences as Berea College students and athletes.
The resultant stories contribute to documenting the dynamics of the transition from there being no varsity women’s teams at Berea and other Kentucky colleges to the present day which finds the experiences of female athletes closely approximating those of their male counterparts. Their stories also provide data to aid in accessing the gains and losses wrought by this progress and contribute to arriving at a clearer understanding of the place of athletics in the educational process for women.