Photo exhibit in Commons celebrates the female athlete

For the month of October, the second floor of the New Dining Commons at Bates College will house a traveling exhibit of 15 photographs that celebrate the female athlete. Director of Athletics Kevin McHugh’s efforts brought to Bates a traveling collection of 15 photographs that are a subset of the major exhibit “Game Face: What Does a Female Athlete Look Like?”

The original full exhibit, produced by Game Face Productions and the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools, has toured museums nationwide after debuting at the Smithsonian in 2001.

The exhibit’s Web site ( describes it as follows: “The extraordinary collection of pictures and rich personal stories that make up Game Face documents the tremendous impact that sports has on the daily lives of millions of girls and women. On playing fields and street corners, in backyards and gyms, the people in these photographs are unselfconsciously exploring the physical and emotional pleasures of competition and play. Each image offers an affirming and satisfying answer to the question at the heart of Game Face: What do girls and women look like, freed from traditional feminine constraints, using their bodies in joyful and empowering ways?”

The images, captions and extended captions included are:

Pasadena, California
Anacleto Rapping, Los Angeles Times, 1999

Brandi Chastain played on the U.S. national team that won the World Cup in 1991 and 1999 and the Olympic gold medal in 1996.

Weightlifter Cheryl Haworth
Savannah, Georgia
Mary Ellen Mark, 2000

In the inaugural women’s weightlifting competition at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Cheryl Haworth won a bronze medal in the 75+ kilo weight class.

A Team Player
Fort Worth, Texas
Joyce Marshall, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 1993

Tammie Overstreet is the only woman ever to have played on the Pittsburg (Texas) High School football team. She was a linebacker.

Triathlon Start
Harvey’s Lake, Pennsylvania
Mark Cohen, 1994

Lily Yip, Singles/Doubles
Atlanta, Georgia
Annie Leibovitz, 1996

Lily Yip competed in the 1992 Barcelona and 1996 Atlanta Olympics for the United States.

from Songs of My People
South Carolina
Jeffrey Allan Salter, 1990s

Face of Determination
Irvine, California
Al Schaben, Los Angeles Times, 1996

Breaststroke specialist Amanda Beard won a gold and two silver medals at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta and a bronze medal at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.

TennesseeGirl Wins 60-Yard Dash
New York, New York
Photographer unknown, AP/Wide World Photos, 1965

Wyomia Tyus was the first woman to win the 100-meter dash twice at the Olympics, in 1964 in Tokyo and in 1968 in Mexico City.

One Hundred Meters in 10.75 Seconds
Sydney, Australia
Barton Silverman, The New York Times, 2000

At the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Marion Jones won gold medals in the 100-meter dash, the 200-meter dash, and the 4×400-meter relay, and bronze medals in the long jump and the 4×100-meter relay.

Winners, Second Place
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Norman Y. Lono, 1982

6–2, 6–0
Brooklyn, New York
Catherine Cobb, 2000

Aimee Mullins
San Diego, California
Lynn Johnson, 1997

Aimee Mullins competed in NCAA Division I track at Georgetown University and set Paralympic records in 1996 in Atlanta in the 100-meter dash and the long jump.

Little League
Providence, Rhode Island
Geoffrey Biddle, 1999

The Pro
Duluth, Minnesota
Bill Phelps, 1998

Ila Borders, a professional baseball pitcher, plays in baseball’s Northern League.

Spanish Bronze
Barcelona, Spain
Julian Gonzalez, Detroit Free Press, 1992

In Olympic kayaking, slalom singles racer Dana Chladek won a bronze medal in 1992 in Barcelona and a silver medal in 1996 in Atlanta.

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