Kaye Larson


As interviewed by Mia Larson, March 22, 2019
"I had never had a uniform in my life, whereas boys had uniforms from the beginning."
Kaye Larson

Introductory Profile: About Kaye Larson

Kaye Larson, my grandmother, grew up loving to play sports. However, in the 1950s, opportunities for female athletes were very rare, and there were many social pressures and stereotypes. Despite the stereotypes and teasing, she continued to play basketball, softball, and many other sports throughout her youth. In college, Kaye pursued a degree in Physical Education. She also played on the women’s basketball team, but she quit because of the social pressures and stereotypes. Soon after, she joined the college synchronized swimming team, and stayed on it for the rest of her time in college.

After college, Kaye pursued a career in sports. She coached a College Synchronized swimming team for many years. Later, she moved to Guilford, Connecticut and became a Physical Education teacher at Guilford High School. She also coached Field Hockey and Lacrosse at the school. As a Physical Education teacher and coach, she hoped to inspire young athletes to do their best, and taught them that anything is possible. She fought to ensure that all athletes, both girls and boys, had opportunities to learn and grow in a supportive environment. Today, she continues to be a voice for gender equality in sports. In my interview, my grandmother talks about what it was like growing up as an athlete, and discusses the differences in Men’s and women’s sports. She also discusses the impact of Title IX on women’s sports.