Kinesiology Professor Shirley Reekie first hopped aboard her father’s sailboat at age two, inspiring a career in athletics and sport history.
Category: SJSU Women in Sport
Gymnast Shanice Howard was named the 2011 Arthur Ashe Jr. Female Sports Scholar of the Year and went on to become a physical therapist.
Spartan swimmer Lisa Covey Peters, ’07 Physics, leads an exciting career as a systems engineer at Lockheed Martin.
Stacey Johnson has made it her mission to “speak actively for women.”
As a professional woman athlete, Malloy confronted—and often defied—common stereotypes about gender and sport.
“Setting kids up to be successful is probably one of the greatest feelings in the world, those adults in your life, those coaches that really go unnoticed in the world, they are the ones who have a lot to do with helping kids.”
“I love being able to have an impact on young people in an area where I feel like I have the most expertise. Sport is a great equalizer.”
“To see women perform at high levels, and to hear those women speak and present themselves, I think changes a lot of people’s opinions and outlook on women,” says Gay MacLellan, ’83 MA Kinesiology. Learn how the former fencing champion and pioneering international referee has applied her athletic prowess to life beyond sport.
Tracy Hanson, ’93 Kinesiology, LPGA golfer, supports athletes who face significant obstacles, including abuse and performance acceptance, in their pursuit of sport.
Record-setting gymnast Thomasina Wallace, ’12 Kinesiology, says that “twenty percent [of the sport] is talent and 80 percent is how mentally prepared are you to perform your routines while others are judging you.” Learn how she overcame injuries and defied stereotypes during her career at SJSU.
“Small acts of defiance make change,” says Carolyn Lewis, ’70 Kinesiology, Teaching Credential. The four-sport collegiate athlete became a coach and athletics administrator and helped create SJSU’s Gender Equity Plan.
Margaret Jenkins, ’25 Education, threw discus in the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam as a member of the first ever women’s track and field team representing the United States. Jenkins belongs to a tradition of Spartan woman athletes who have set records on and off the field.