Athletics

women's gym in the basement of Wylie Hall

A History of Early Women’s Basketball at IU-Part 1

The story of the women’s basketball remains undeveloped in our state narrative. From the beginning, women in Indiana have admired, played, and participated in the growth of the game and its culture. 

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women's recreation association

A History of Early Women’s Basketball at IU-Part 2

By 1949, the Women’s Recreational Association had begun to take over the facilitation of women’s athletics on campus.

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Beyond the First: Early African-American Athletic Experiences at IU

Indiana University (IU), located in Bloomington, is an institution with a celebrated but complex racial past.

Learn about IU's early African-American athletes
woman participating in the little 500

The Mini 500: The Gendered History of a Forgotten Tradition Part 1

“Women Behind the Men Make the Race a Success,” read the headline to Lynn Sproatt’s article in the Indiana Daily Student on April 17, 1955, a little over a month before the fifth running of the annual Little 500.

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wild wheelers

The Mini 500: The Gendered History of a Forgotten Tradition Part 2

Though women had struggled and failed throughout the 1970s to qualify for the bicycle race, what would the inclusion of men bring to the Mini, a race that for its entirety served as women’s sole competitive option during the Little 500 weekend.

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team winning mini 500

The Mini 500: The Gendered History of a Forgotten Tradition Part 3

The news was announced in the fall of 1987. After 37 years on the sidelines, women finally won the opportunity to race on bicycles in the inaugural Women’s Little 500.

Learn about the decline of the Mini 500