In a League of Their Own
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the progress of the '90s has also come a time for some sad good-byes.
Bruin stalwarts Holland, Billie Moore and Sharron Backus have moved
on to other challenges. Recently, there was the saddest good-bye
of all as the Bruins' own Hall of Famer, FloJo, died at the tragically
young age of 38.
leaders and athletes who are products of Title IX have stepped in
to guide UCLA into the next millennium. UCLA has its first second-generation
scholarship athlete in track and field's Bummi Ogunleye, daughter
of 1970s track and field standout Modupe Oshikoya. Associate athletic
director Betsy Stephenson, who replaced Holland in 1996, says she
experienced little gender differentiation growing up, either as
a competitive athlete in high school and college or as a sports
administrator. But since her older sister did not have the same
opportunities, she maintains a keen sense of history -- something
that most of today's young athletes unfortunately lack.
kids think they just invented life!" says Bolden.
say that today's female student-athletes also tend to get so focused
in high school on earning an athletic scholarship that they forget
to refocus their athletic goals once they reach campus -- and might
even forget to have fun playing the sport they love.
and the Bruin coaches hope to re-instill some of the history, and
the upcoming silver anniversary celebration should help. On May
1, a gala dinner will be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, and the
next day a more casual brunch for former and current athletes will
take place on Spaulding Field.
the 25 years we've had sports here, things have changed so dramatically,"
says Stephenson. "I want the kids to understand what Annie Meyers
and Dot Richardson went through. We need to know the history to
understand where we've been -- and to relish where we're going to