Women's Basketball Hall of Fame
Excerpts from Beth:
Roadchick B's basketball ability falls somewhere between "poor"
and "which basket am I shooting for again?" I love
to watch the game.
Women's basketball is obviously a game of strategy, and not
just athletic ability. . . some of my favorite athletes from
my time at Boston University were women's basketball players.
I greatly admire their physical and mental conditioning. So
because of that AND the fact that there was a 30 foot tall,
10 ton basketball attached to the outside of the museum, we
had to stop at the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville,
general theme of the museum was "Honor the Past, Celebrate
the Present, Promote the Future." Basketball was regularly
played by women beginning in 1892 with rules adapted by Senda
Berenson at Smith College. However, the skirts and bloomers
they were required to wear and the rules designed to keep
them "ladylike", made the game a tad slow. Soon
though, teams like the "All American Redheads" made
their mark as crowd-pleasing athletes with super sex-appeal
and over time, female basketball players have finally been
recognized for the outstanding athletes they are.
The museum is full of great sports memorabilia as well as
a very interactive "basketball court" section where
we could actually practice our free throws, passes, dribbles,
and vertical leap. . . a perfect bit of activity after a stellar
lunch at "Tomato Head," a restaurant in Market Square
that is *highly* recommended by the Roadchix due to its relaxed
atmosphere and complement to their semi-vegetarian lifestyle.