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College of William and Mary. Women's Athletic Association

College of William and Mary. Women's Athletic Association
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Historical Note
Women's athletics were overseen by the Women's Athletic Association, whose purpose was "the promotion of healthful and recreative physical activities for all women students of this college." All regularly matriculated women paid an athletic fee and were members of the association. It was run by a committee composed of three officers elected by the women and three faculty members appointed by the college president. The committee named team managers, approved schedules, set academic eligibility requirements for playing varsity sports, purchased equipment, and at one meeting decided to ask members of the Edith Baer Home Economics Club to remodel the previous year's basketball uniforms to fit the new team in order to spare the expense of new uniforms. They also set up a point system that awarded monograms for participation in intramural sports. Basically, the association wanted athletics to be open to all who were interested and not just to the most talented.

When Mary Entered With her Brother William: Women Students at the College of William and Mary, 1918-1945, Laura F. Parrish, M. A. Thesis, College of William and Mary, 1988,

http://swem.wm.edu/departments/special-collections/exhibits/exhibits/women/thesis/laura5.html accessed 15 August 2007.

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Women's Athletic Association Records, 1923-1962
Women's Athletics Scrapbooks, 1923-1940