Kent State University Athletics, Ohio (Images of Sports Series)

Kent State University Athletics, Ohio (Images of Sports Series)


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Kent State University Athletics, Ohio (Images of Sports Series) by Cara Gilgenbach, Theresa Walton

Established in 1910 by the State of Ohio as a teachers’ training college, Kent State Normal School rapidly evolved into a major research university during the first half of the 20th century. Kent State University Athletics chronicles the highlights of sports history during the institution’s first 100 years. As athletics evolved from its close relation to physical education training and intramural play to varsity intercollegiate programs competing at the Division I level, a number of outstanding athletes, teams, and coaches arose, including several Olympic competitors and future professional athletes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738551760
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 03/28/2008
Series: Images of Sports Series
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Cara Gilgenbach heads the Department of Special Collections and Archives in the Kent State University libraries, where she administers the university archives collections, the source of most of the photographs featured in this book. Theresa Walton serves as assistant professor in the School of Exercise, Leisure and Sport at Kent State University, where she teaches a sports history class that uses the archival collection.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     6
Introduction     7
Normal School and Physical Education: 1910-1919     9
Sport for National Fitness: 1920-1929     17
Establishment of Varsity Athletics: 1930-1939     27
War Readiness and Physical Education: 1940-1949     37
The Mid-American Conference: 1950-1959     49
Individual Success: 1960-1969     61
The Rise of Collegiate Sport: 1970-1979     77
Building Tradition: 1980-1989     93
Women's Sports on the Rise: 1990-1999     105
Challenges of Commercialized Sport: 2000-2007     115
Bibliography     127

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