An attitude to live by

An attitude to live by

There are 6 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Nov 6, 2007, titled An attitude to live by. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

Forty years ago, girls had to gather in secret to play basketball. Cheryl Cook, who played for Washington High School in Indianapolis, was chosen the Indianapolis Star Indiana Miss Basketball in 1981.

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Lindy M

Columbus, IN

#1 Nov 6, 2007
I have always been a sports fanatic and have played them most of my life. I now have three boys, who are also into sports. This year, for the first time, I am an assistant coach on their youth basketball team. The coach is also female. The boys on the team don't seem to have a problem being coached by females and the fathers seem to have the same attitude. I think the difference between us and the all-male coached teams is we expect the boys to keep up their grades and not be behavior problems in school, or, at home. If you slip, you're benched. Our intention is to teach them that winning isn't everything. At this age, it's about learning the fundamentals of the game, sportsmanship and having fun.
Sportsguy

United States

#2 Nov 6, 2007
Lindy M wrote:
I think the difference between us and the all-male coached teams is we expect the boys to keep up their grades and not be behavior problems in school, or, at home. If you slip, you're benched. Our intention is to teach them that winning isn't everything.
Yes, those evil men could care less about grades and behavior. When are we going to stop getting beat over the head with stories and comments like these? I swear, women have a real inferiority complex sometimes when it comes to athletics.
Malcolm

Crawfordsville, IN

#3 Nov 6, 2007
Who chose the panel?
Milt

Carmel, IN

#4 Nov 6, 2007
Sportsguy wrote:
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Yes, those evil men could care less about grades and behavior. When are we going to stop getting beat over the head with stories and comments like these? I swear, women have a real inferiority complex sometimes when it comes to athletics.
And most everything else if you go by the stuff on Lifetime Network...
Bob

Indianapolis, IN

#5 Nov 6, 2007
When I read the article on the top 33 girls basketball players, the article stopped without naming them. What gives ?
Heard Enough

AOL

#6 Nov 6, 2007
Young women had to play basketball in secret forty years ago? I never knew that! Forty years ago would have been in 1967, and that was the year I was inducted into the U.S. Army. There were approximately two hundred men in my basic training company. Most of us, as was the case with nearly all draftees, were sent to the infantry and arrived in Vietnam just prior to the beginning of the Tet Offensive in early 68. Probably half of those men were either killed or seriously wounded.

As women were not drafted into military service, it was only natural they would pursue other endeavors. But I never realized they had to play basketball in secret! Thanks for this enlightening story about a horrific gender inequity.

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