Thursday, Nov 08, 2018 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Join us for a reading and book signing
Thursday, November 8th, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
(reading at 6:00)
Full Court Press:
How Pat Summitt, a High School Basketball Player, and a Legal Team Changed the Game
(University of Tennessee Press, $19.95 paperback)
When Victoria Cape moved to Oak Ridge, Tennessee, in the early 1970s, she had no idea that her desire to play basketball would change the game for women and the sport in Tennessee. Encouraged to sign up for basketball by her athletic father, Victoria was in for a shock: the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association endorsed an entirely different form of the game for high school women than the version of basketball commonly played around the country. Women played six-on-six basketball, in which offensive players stayed on one half of the court, and defensive players on the other half—defenders could spend their entire careers without taking a shot. Victoria Cape sued the TSSAA, and her lawsuit paved the way for women to play basketball by the same rules as men and served as an early test case of groundbreaking Title IX legislation. Further adding to the case’s history-making précis was the presence of a young Pat Summitt, recently elevated to head coach of the Tennessee Lady Volunteers, who bravely testified on behalf of Cape during the lawsuit.
Bill Haltom is an attorney with the firm Lewis Thomason in Memphis. He is also an award-winning newspaper columnist and has written 6 books, including The Other Fellow May Be Right, a biography of the late Tennessee Senator Howard Baker.