The University of Iowa
Phone: 319-384-3490
Email: jennifer-sterling@uiowa.edu

Jennifer Sterling is a Lecturer in the Sport Studies program in the Department of American Studies at the University of Iowa. A small-town Iowa native (Fremont), she completed her undergraduate degree at Central College (Pella) and returned to her home state after completing a postdoctoral fellowship at Georgia Institute of Technology, and degrees at the University of Maryland (PhD) and Seattle Pacific University (MA). She teaches courses on sport in Iowa, inequality in American sport, sport technology, sport history and the Olympics.

6-on-6 Girl's Basketball in Iowa: Traditions, Transitions, and Legacies

For most of the 20th cenury, Iowa was known for its devotion to a unique form of women's sport known as 6-on-6 girls' basketball. As other states abandoned 6-on-6 in the 1970s, Iowa remained committed to this half-court game until 1993, when the final 6-player championship was held. This multi-media presentation recounts Iowa's 6-on-6 history, connects it to the development of girls' and women's sport in the United States, and welcomes audience members to share their own stories and collections.