Summary: The Influence Of Ann Meyers

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The Influence of Ann Meyers in Woman in Sports Jasmine Gutierrez California State University, Bakersfield As difficult as it could have been for a woman to begin a career in a competitive sport back in the mid 1900s, Ann Meyers made sure to attain her dream of being a basketball player. Many women in the 1900s suffered a lot from discrimination, doubts and rights. Before Title IX passed, it was only right for women to stay at home and take care of their families. On the other hand, Ann grew up in San Diego with a family who taught her that she could do the same as her older brothers and play whatever sport she desired. Even as a young child, she was never interested in fashion; she lived and died for sports. Later …show more content…

The more that everyone tried to convince her to not try out, the more determined she was to do it. Ann knew that her potential of playing at men’s level basketball would open new lead women’s basketball to new opportunities. Ann was more than convinced that if there was ever going to be a woman to be first in the NBA, it was she. The press was not convinced about this decision, most thought she would not pull through and that it was all just a publicity scene. Ann started conditioning with her brother three weeks before trials; she trained hard all day everyday. The three-day training camp began in September, everyone realized that she was an excellent player, but all team player agreed that she did not deserve the chance to be there. After the first afternoon scrimmage, a lot of reporters came out to interview her. There were a lot of negative comments against her, yet she ignored them. After the three days of trial, she waited for a response, but never heard anything about her not making the team, so she knew she was going stay with the NBA. Ann comes to find out that she was not recruited as a team member, but as a broadcast for the Pacers games. She ended up signed with William Morris and did a seven-up commercial with Magic Johnson and between commercials she sat in a booth broadcasting NBA Pacers games. Unlike many women, she began to make appearances in media, which got her recognition. Little by little, she started to break the norms of woman being recognized in

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