This week features photos of women playing field hockey on campus near Memorial Gym. “Hockey is believed to date from the earliest civilizations. The Arabs, Greeks, Persians, and Romans each had their own versions, and traces of a stick game played by the Aztec Indians of South America have been found.”1
Encyclopedia Britannica says that “despite the restrictions on sports for ladies during the Victorian era, hockey became increasingly popular among women. Although women’s teams had played regular friendly games since 1895, serious international competition did not begin until the 1970s. The first Women’s World Cup was held in 1974, and women’s hockey became an Olympic event in 1980….The game was introduced into the United States in 1901 by Constance M.K. Applebee, and field hockey subsequently became a popular outdoor team sport among women there, being played in schools, colleges, and clubs.”1
Stay tuned for next week’s installment of Women’s Recreation Wednesday!
Photos courtesy of UG 69 (University of Idaho Women’s Recreation Association Photographs)