Ola Bundy
Ola Bundy

 

 

Ola Bundy (1953)

Ola Bundy never played an athletic event as a school representative. Not that she wasn't capable. She was playing basketball against her older brothers Caleb and Eugene as a youngster and played amateur softball while in college. Bu unfortunately for Bundy, the school didn't offer girls' sports in 1952. "We would have liked to have had teams for girls and participated against other schools," Bundy said. "We couldn't understand why couldn't all of us be on a team, like the boys, and go play Urbana. They didn't allow girls to play interscholastic athletics at the time." Bundy spent plenty of time trying to change that. She joined the Illinois High School Association staff in 1967 as assistant executive secretary. She initially took control of the Girls Athletic Association, an intramural program. In 1972, Title IX mandated that girls' athletics equal that of boys' athletes. Bundy played a major role in the start of the girls' state championships.