Dust Bowl Girls by Lydia Reeder: In the early 1930s, during the worst drought and financial depression in American history, coach Sam Babb…Traveling from farm to farm, recruited talented, hardworking young women and offered them a chance at a better life: a free college education if they would come play for his basketball team, the Cardinals. 

Lydia Reeder captures a moment in history when female athletes faced intense scrutiny from influential figures in politics, education, and medicine who denounced women’s sports as unhealthy and unladylike. Equal parts social history and sports legend come to life, Reeder's meticulous research and play-by-play game accounts are a fitting tribute to Coach Babb and the trailblazing athletes he inspired. 

The WNBA league celebrated its 25th season in 2021-join us for a look back at the roots of women’s basketball through this compelling tale.


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Tuesday, July 12, 2022 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
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