Both inspirational and historical, "Tennessee Tradition" is the story of just one of Tennessee’s past outstanding female basketball players. Author Mary Ann Archie Childers shares her personal experiences from the beginning of her organized basketball career under the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association's rules and regulations in 1962 in a small town in West Tennessee, and ending nine years later in 1971 at the University of Tennessee Martin. Those nine years of organized basketball are packed with some of the most significant changes in the sport's history. Included in the story is her amazing college basketball experience at the beginnings of the organization of the sport on the college level. It led to the national recognition of college women's basketball and the remarkable opportunities for young women today.
I am a real estate professional in Tennessee, a fitness instructor of senior citizens, and a loyal University of Tennessee fan. At age 59, I am compelled to tell my story. I am a part of the "Tennessee Tradition", a proud group of Tennesseans who support girls' & women's basketball in Tenn., and have done so since the early 1900's. Women's basketball has changed dramatically since its beginning, and my story is only a short part of its history, that takes place from 1950 to 1971. But those years brought significant changes to the sport and to the overall opportunities for women. The story shows the influence that the "Tradition" made upon me as a child, and ends with my own contribution back to it in later years, as a member of the first UT Martin teams in 1969-1971, at the beginning of women's college basketball.