When A'dia Mathies pulls up for a 15-foot jump shot, the sharpshooting guard on the University of Kentucky women's basketball team is living out Sue Feamster's legacy. Feamster was the first head coach of the UK women's team — and UK's first women's athletics director — after federal legislation referred to as Title IX revolutionized the opportunity for girls and women to take part in sports at all levels of education. At halftime of the Kentucky-Georgia women's basketball game Sunday, that first class of coaches received an award named, appropriately enough, the Susan B. Feamster Trailblazer Award. It was all part of a celebration of Alumni Day, National Girls and Women in Sports Day and an observance of the 40th anniversary of Title IX.
Pioneers in Women's Sports at UK Honored
By Bill Estep & Lexington Herald-Leader • Feb 4, 2013