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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Women in sports

  This week I want to focus on the topic of women in sports, and somewhat of a brief history. It seems to me that we have truly come just so far that we do now have a woman's football league.

  Women have been involved in sports in some way since just about as far back as we can go. Back in 776 B.C. The first Olympic games were held in ancient Greece, and well women were excluded, but instead of giving up they created there own games "The Games of Hera". Since that very point in time women began weaving there way in and out of the sports arena. Did you know that in 1722 a British women fighter by the name of Elizabeth Wilkinson entered the boxing ring, Amazing! In 1869 Frenchwomen start entering into cycling contests. In 1886 the first known women s lacrosse games is played. But it was not until the decade from 1890-1900 that athletic activity for women began to become popular as women bought and rode bicycles can you imagine that, you could make a case that the invention for the bicycle actually spurred the movement of women s sports. As you can see its been quite the tumultuous past for women in sports , the road has not been easy Ladies like Billie Jean King and Althea Gibson paved the way for other ladies down the line. Now we have come just so far as to have the LFL. I think that in a way it almost takes things to a whole new level. I never thought I would see the day that women would truly be playing football in an aggressive and organized league. Its an amazing inspiration to see how far they have come .
  I think that there is a lot to be said for the women in sports that are playing hard and proving to everyone that they too can play the sport. They aren't looking for a hand up and the good ol' pat on the back. They just play for the love of the game and the look on your face when they blow past you. Thank you ladies.

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