Through an online nomination process, over 150 submissions were received, all with stories and memories of girls basketball in the 30s and 40s. The response was incredible. We identified a woman living in Guthrie Center who played high school basketball in Bayard, Iowa. She is 104 years old. Of the nominations, over 75 were age 90 and above. We invited these women to the state tournament for a special recognition ceremony.
As we celebrate #InternationalWomensDay, let's be sure to thank those that paved the way; the ones that stood up and played the game when advised against it. Let us celebrate these women along with those that continue to #BreakBarriers today. Let's continue to encourage young women to break through the glass ceilings. It's what the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union is all about - providing young women the opportunity to grow as leaders through interscholastic sport. Remember, we are better together.