Wellington Public Library will host “Throw Like a Girl,” a presentation and discussion about Pioneering Kansas Women in Sports by Laura Hartley on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. The presentation will be held in the meeting room on the lower level of the library. Members of the community are invited to attend the free program. Contact the Wellington Public Library at 121 W. 7th, Wellington, Ks., 620-326-2011, for more information. The program is made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council, visit online at www.kansashumanities.org.
Many female athletes in Kansas have fascinating tales of perseverance, hard work, and success on levels where they were previously barred from competition. This presentation will look at women pioneers in the world of sports, such as Margaret Thompson Murdock who was the first U.S. woman to compete in a shooting competition in the Olympics, and Kendra Wecker, the first girl to reach the finals of the NFL’s Punt, Pass, & Kick competition. Both women hailed from Kansas.
Laura Hartley is the director of the Wichita Boathouse at the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in Wichita. She earned her masters degree in public history from Wichita State University, where she focused her research on museum education.
“Kansas has a tremendous history of great female athletes, and these athletes deserve to be highlighted,” said Hartley. “Their contributions to equality in sports go way beyond their individual achievements.”
“Throw Like a Girl” is part of the Kansas Humanities Council’s Kansas Stories Speakers Bureau, featuring presentations and discussions that connect communities with history, traditions, and ideas to strengthen civic life.