November 18, 2016
Patty Freedson, Professor of Kinesiology, earned her letter from alma mater the University of Michigan as a varsity tennis player in the 1970s. At the time, female athletes did not receive the much-loved letter jacket to accompany the honor, due to a university policy restricting them to only male athletes. But in 2015, Freedson received a letter in the mail from the university notifying her that female athletes who never received letter jackets would be awarded them retroactively. Not only was Freedson awarded a University of Michigan letter jacket, but her alma mater invited her and all athletes receiving the retroactively conferred jackets to a weekend of celebrations taking place in Ann Arbor during Fall 2016.