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Good Sports: Tempe History Museum lecture series explores role of sports
Posted Date: 9/6/2013

Contact: Dan Miller
Tempe History Museum
480 350-5115

From those childhood days of Little League to high school basketball; from Sun Devil football to Spring Training baseball; from personal best times at marathons to rowing on Town Lake, sports are important to Tempeans. Whether enjoyed as a spectator or participant, sports are vital to Tempe culturally and economically.

Join the staff of the Tempe History Museum on the Third Thursday of each month for a look at the impact sports have had on Tempe throughout the past and how they will shape the future. All programs begin at 7 p.m. in the community room of the Tempe History Museum, 809 E. Southern Ave., adjacent to the Tempe Public Library. Admission to the lecture and the museum are free. No registration is required. www.tempe.gov/museumevents

Sept 19: ASU Women’s Sports
Hear from new ASU softball coach, Craig Nicholson. ASU was the 2011 National Champion Softball team. Associate Head Basketball Coach Amanda Levens will speak about her transition from top ASU player to coach for the team and the team’s recent victories.

footballOct 17: ASU Sports History
From ASU’s beginning as Tempe Normal School, sports have been part of the college experience. Take a look at early photos of Tempe’s sports teams and hear from Shane Dale, author of Territorial: The History of the Duel in the Desert. Rob Spindler will talk about the birth of the Fiesta Bowl and Tempe’s history with the game

Nov 21: Mega Sports at Tempe Beach Park
Ironman Arizona, PF Chang’s Rock and Roll Marathon, Pat’s Run. How did they get started? What is their future? Stephanie Nowack of the Tempe Tourism Office, Sandy Flynn of Pat’s Run/the Tillman Foundation will present information on these top sporting events.

Jan 16: ASU Stadium District and Sun Devil Stadium Plans
Learn ASU’s plans for remodeling Sun Devil Stadium and for the land surrounding it from representatives of ASU’s Real Estate Development Office.

Feb 20: Tempe Spring Training
Tempe Diablo Stadium manager Jerry Hall and Susie Steckner, author of Cactus League: Spring Training will share stories about Tempe’s grand tradition of Spring Training Baseball, past and present.

March 20: Arizona Early Baseball
What was Tempe’s first baseball team? John Tenney and Lance Busch of Arizona Territories Vintage Base Ball League, will demonstrate the importance of America’s favorite pastime in early Arizona.

April 17: Baseball at the WWII Japanese internment camps
Bill Staples, Jr., author of Kenichi Zenimura, Japanese American Baseball Pioneer, will discuss baseball as it was played in the internment camps of Arizona.

May 15: Sports and Playtime
Jeff Golner will share stories about Arizona’s ocean, Big Surf; Richard Ruelas of the Arizona Republic will reminisce about Tempe’s old amusement park, Legend City and Dave Bucher will talk about the creation of Kiwanis Wave Pool

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