At 8 p.m. on Tuesdays during the school year in Ratner Athletic Center’s Berwanger conference room, the UChicago Women’s Athletic Association (WAA) gathers for its weekly meetings. The walls are lined with trophies and other accomplishments of UChicago athletic teams from decades past, but on these nights, the focus is on the female athletes together in this room, most of whom are students in the College.
Despite these varsity letterwinners’ busy schedules, filled with difficult practices and rigorous schoolwork, they meet on weeknights to discuss not only the wants and needs of the College’s athletic community, but also those of the South Side Special Olympians.
For 118 years, UChicago’s chapter of the WAA has been fostering camaraderie on and off the court among women student athletes. Since the organization’s founding in 1904–making it the oldest letterwinning female athletes’ association in the country–WAA has striven to promote equality through providing athletic opportunity for all.
This story was first published by the University of Chicago.