They started playing together in 1973, but little did they know that forty years later they’d still be teammates, playing on the same field they started on. Now in their late 50s, Susie Hatch and Therese Douglass are still competing for all the right reasons. For 40 years, they’ve been playing at the same park – the Excelsior Commons. “The whole outfield is Lake Minnetonka, so it’s gorgeous,” Douglass said.
The Lynx were not around when Darlene Kimpling was in high school. In 1978 they were just starting to put together organized teams for high school girls due in the wake of Title IX. That’s where this story starts, but it’s certainly not where it ends.
As we celebrate these women’s victories we must remember that Title IX created the opportunities for women to succeed in sports. When progressives push for public policy changes, that is what we seek: not guaranteed outcomes but guaranteed access.
The Minnesota Lynx will be wearing special jerseys to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the federal law that pushed forward sports participation for women and girls.