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Title Oral History of Jill Young
Collection Oral History
Scope & Content In this oral history, Jill Young describes the emergence of a soccer culture in Mill Valley that was importantly shaped by Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments federal law, which opened the doors for women to participate in sports. Born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada in 1941, Jill moved down to the Bay Area with her husband in 1968, initially living on a houseboat in Sausalito before moving to Mill Valley, which she has called home ever since. Jill recounts how in the mid-1970s she began playing soccer — learning the sport from local legend David Fromer — with other Mill Valley mothers. She evokes a town sporting milieu that included co-ed adult pickup games after work at Hauke Park, which became a locus of community and camaraderie. Jill recounts eventually forming a soccer team called Mill Valley United that competed against other teams around the Bay Area. Rowing was another activity, which, like soccer, Jill recalls taking up casually but soon pursuing competitively in this remarkable story of seizing opportunities previously unavailable to women. In addition to sports, Jill describes her participation in the town beautification project Bloomathon and expresses her sense of the privilege of living in Mill Valley and belonging to the community.
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Dates of Creation 2015-06-01
Narrator's name Young, Jill
Interviewer Schwartz, Debra
Extent and Medium Transcript: 11pp
Recording: 00:36:14
Search Terms Barto, Jana
Beautification of cities and towns
Fromer, David
Hauke Park
Johnson, Sue
Marin Rowing Association
Mill Valley Soccer Club
Mill Valley United
Swain, Dick
Object ID 2016.024.001
Object Name Recording
Copyrights Transcript and recording copyright Mill Valley Public Library, 2015. Materials are made available for research purposes only; all rights are reserved to the Mill Valley Public Library. Requests for permission to quote for publication or for any other usage must be obtained from the Library.