Rosabelle Sinclair
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School/Affiliation:St. Leonard
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For the first time in its 36 year history, the Lacrosse Hall of Fame inducted a woman. Miss Sinclair taught at Bryn Mawr from 1925 to 1951. Shortly before her death in 1978, she had the pleasure of knowing that an athletic field at the school had been named in her honor. A graduate of St. Leonard's School in Scotland, where woman's lacrosse originated, Miss Sinclair introduced the sport at Bryn Mawr in 1926. Although the parents at Bryn Mawr required convincing that lacrosse was safe for their daughters to play, she succeeded in starting a team that continues to play today, the oldest team in the country. By 1928, Miss Sinclair had taught lacrosse to the girls and woman in the Philadelphia area helping to organize high school teams and and woman's clubs around Baltimore. The game soon spread to Philadelphia, New York and Boston, and in 1931, the United States Women's Lacrosse Association was formed.

Miss Sinclair was a stickler for perfection, using lacrosse to teach hard work, discipline, patience, steadfastness of purpose, achievement and motivation.

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