My mother made a huge impact on the history of women’s high school sports back in the 1950s. Some of the moments she created on the court will be unforgettable in Iowa history and forever etched into the record books.
Over the past 60 years, a lot has changed in sports and here are six worth mentioning.
1960s: Muhammad Ali won a gold medal for boxing in the 1960 summer Olympics.
1970s: Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s lifetime home run record in 1974.
1980s: Michael Jordan led the Bulls to a win against Cleveland in 1989 with a buzzer beater shot which became an iconic moment in his career.
1990s: Kerri Strug landed her iconic vault with a broken ankle to take the U.S. Olympic women’s gymnastics team to gold in 1996.
2000s: Michael Phelps took home eight gold medals in the 2008 Summer Olympics.
2010 – Present: Tiger Woods wins the 2019 Masters after 22 years.
Although it may seem like an ordinary spring day for some, April 10th is the day to recognize the special people you grew up with… your siblings. It’s National Siblings Day.
A sisterly bond is one that can’t be described in words. You are each other’s friend, coach, teammate and voice of reason (or rebel). My mother and her sisters shared this bond and continued to hold onto it throughout their lives.
The Nicholson sisters encouraged each other on and off the court. Without this support, my mom wouldn’t have been able to do what she did for the Maynard basketball team.
In late February I received a letter from Sylvia Froning Mundt, a player on the Garrison high school basketball team in 1956. Sylvia played against my mother Carolyn and said: “She dominated the game as an out-forward with her quick moves, fakes and drives to the basket, with only two dribbles.”
Here is Sylvia’s letter in its entirety: