Shirley Crowder Meadows  Induction - March 2006

Shirley was the last of eleven children born to Mr. L. E. Crowder and Mrs. Rosa Mae Jackson Crowder. She credit her siblings, extended family members and even neighbors for a strong upbringing .
     She began her career at Booker T. Washington HS in Atlanta as a basketball player.  In her freshman year she was chosen captain by her coach and teammates.  Following basketball season, she followed friends into track and field and decided to learn to be a hurdler.  She earned All-American honors in hurdling for three years.  Shirley tried out for the 1956 Olympic team but an injury prevented her making the team.
     After graduation, Shirley entered Tennessee State University on a full scholarship.  Upon entering Tennessee State, She met best friends for life, Martha Hudson Pennyman and Wilma Rudolph.  Tennessee State had nine athletes on the 1960 Olympic Team.
     Shirley's Collegiate honors and activities includes:
         >All-American in the 80-meter hurdlers; seven 
         times from 1955-1960
          >Ranked #1 in 1957 in U.S. Junior & Women's outdoor
          >Member of Tennessee State University Tigerbelles 
            from 1957-62
          >1957 Full-Scholarship recipient to T.S.U., which 
            ranked as one of the premier female track team in U.S.
          >Member of the first Goodwill team in 1958; which 
            competed against Russia
          >Member of the 1959 USA Pan American Team; Pan
            Am Games held in Chicago
          >1960 third place finisher in a Pentathlon Invitational
          >Member of the 1960 Olympic Team, games held in 
            Rome, Italy
     After college graduation, Shirley returned to Atlanta to begin a career spanning 35 years as a teacher, coach and mentor for the Atlanta Public School System.  She is retired but continues to volunteer her time in the field of fitness and athletics.
     Her athletic and teaching fevor inspired Shirley to explore other areas including:
          >Counseling  for the first city of Atlanta's Department
            of Park and Recreation summer program for youth;
            Safe Summer 1981
          >Teacher/Counselor for a pioneer program for young
             males at risk
          >City Softball Championship at D. M. Therrell H.S. for
            four years
          >1988 &89 State Track & Field Championship at D. M.
            Therrell H.S. 
          >1988 & 89 Track & Field Coach of Year, Georgia 
             High School Coaches Association and the Atlanta 
             Journal and Constitution
          >1992 & 93 Honoree for Black History Month by 
            WXIA Ch 11 News and McDonald's
          >Twelve years of services as the T.S.U. National Alumni
            Association - Atlanta Chapter's secretary
          >Regional Vice President for the T.S.U. Alumni 
          >President of the Booker T. Washington High School 
           class reunion
          >Volunteer Director for Little League Softball
          >ACOG Speaker bureau member  since 1992
          >1992 Olympic Flag Bearer for the 1996 Olympic 
            games in Georgia
          >1996 Centennial Olympic Games envoy to the 
            country of Barbados   
          >Summer League Track Coach in Atlanta, Georgia