Freedson receives letter jacket from alma mater University of Michigan, 42 years after earning it as an athlete

University of Massachusetts Kinesiology faculty Patty Freedson

Patty Freedson
with her letter jacket

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.

Read more in this Daily Hampshire Gazette article.