UT Martin's Bettye Giles honored

MARTIN, TN -- Bettye Giles, the first and only director of women's athletics at the University of Tennessee at Martin, was announced as a 2020 inductee into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame during Friday's women's basketball game.


According to a university news release, Giles was originally from Clarksville, TN, and served as the director from 1969 to her retirement in 1994. She spent her career advocating for women's equality in sports and established the UT Martin women's tennis program.


Giles founded the Tennessee College Women's Sports Federation, which began with 18 member colleges and universities and grew to 34 institutions by 1974, the release said. Her leadership coincided with the Title IX education amendments of 1972.


For more information, contact the UT Martin Office of Sports Information at 731-881-7630.

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