50 years in the past, these Maine women picked up a sport they knew nothing about

When Jayne Giles joined Belfast’s new highschool subject hockey group in 1973, she and her teammates didn’t have time to fret in regards to the competitors or getting the correct uniforms.

They had been simply centered on studying the way to play the game.

Like many of the different women who joined the group, Giles, who was a senior, by no means noticed subject hockey performed earlier than signing up. The highschool didn’t supply a fall sport for women and added it due to Title IX, the federal regulation that ensured female and male athletes obtained equal alternatives. On Thursday, an alumni recreation will mark the group’s fiftieth anniversary.