Delaware County’s Wide World of Women’s Sports Exhibit Coming to the Mickey Vernon Museum
In 1932, Jean Shiley won a gold medal in the High Jump track and field event at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles, defeating the legendary Babe Didrickson. This set the stage for other Delaware County women to achieve greatness in a variety of other Olympic Sports over the years:
- Jane Barkman–Gold Medal in swimming in the 1968 and 1972 Olympics.
- Char Morett, Karen Shelton and Chris Larson–Bronze Medals in field hockey in the 1984 Olympics.
- Theresa Shank- Grentz–Head coach of the 1992 Olympic Bronze Medal winning basketball team.
- Mary Ellen Clark–Bronze Medal winner diver in both the 1992 and 1996 Olympics.
- Emily deRiel–Silver medal winner in the pentathlon in the 2000 Olympics
- And, most recently, Lisa Raymond–2012 silver medal winner in tennis
Other Delco women achieving recognition in Olympic sports include Cindy Gilbert-Bevilacqua in Archery, Renee Hykel-Cuddy in Rowing, Karen Anderson,javelin,Dawn Burrell. long jump, Brenda Borgh swimming,
Kia Davis and Kate Fonshell in track.
During the past 80 plus year time period, Delco women were competing at the national and world level in sports that were not included as Olympic Sports, most notably, lacrosse. Since Virginia Allen and Putty Willetts became involved with the sport of lacrosse in the early 1930s, no fewer than twenty Delco women lacrosse players have been inducted into the National Women’s Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
In addition, the following notable representatives of their respective sports have all given Delaware County residents reason to cheer:
- Auto Racing–Mares Stellfox
- Bowling–Sadie Dixon and Patricia Mescanti
- Boxing–Fredia Gibbs
- Curling–Taylor and Sarah Anderson
- Figure Skating–Mojca Kopac-Tiernan
- Golf–Dorothy Germain-Porter
- Gymnastics–Donna Fletcher
- Ice Hockey–Gina Kearns
- Rodeo–Kim McKee
- Soccer–Sinead Farrelly
- Softball–Theresa Dunbar
- Triathlon–Shannon Grady
- Volleyball–Shelbey Manthorpe
All of these outstanding athletes and many more will be included in an exhibit coming to the Mickey Vernon Sports History Museum on May 30, 2014 and lasting until October 11, 2014. The museum is located on the second level of the Granite Run Mall close to Boscov’s. For more information contact email@example.com or call Jim Vankoski 610-909-4919