Thursday, December 1, 2011

History of Intramural recreation

Question from a rec & leisure student - am working with her. Interesting topic, in light of today's controversy over Penn State coach's abuse of kids, the power these people have. Intramural sports were seen in earlier years as an alternative or at least complement to intercollegiate sports, which even in the '20s were viewed as potentially corrupting - high coaching salaries etc. See the March 15, 1933 Stylus article for example. Intramural sports are also connected to history of women's sports - I believe all women's teams here were intramural until perhaps the '50s, and that it was something of a struggle to gain intercollegiate teams for them. Marilyn Colby, retired PE prof, told me something about that once, she was a coach here in the '60s - for volleyball?

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