Cathy was the first woman to play in the National Adult Marble Tournament

I grew up with 4 brothers and I was often told I couldn’t do certain things… but my grandmother told me differently and I valued her opinion to the utmost!

In 1992 I was the first woman to ever play in the National Adult Marble Tournament The Rolley Hole in Tennessee. I also in the early 1980’s was the first woman in the Marble Collectors Society of America to really study, learn and teach American Machine- Made Marbles from the early 1900’s-the 60’s.

I have helped with quite a few books and even my own little simple booklet KNUCKLES DOWN….A FUN GUIDE TO MARBLE PLAY is in it’s 5th printing. My husband and I also donated one of the world’s largest, most complete marble collections to the Toy and Miniature Museum in Kansas City, MO. www.toyandminiaturemuseum.org

I still teach hundreds of children how to play marbles every year and I NEVER tell any girl she can’t do it!  Marbles is one sport that is totally equal… No matter the gender, the social class, the cultural background, the language, etc. I have played marbles in Japan, Ireland, Mexico, Canada…Dominican Republic….children everywhere can play equally together!

Cathy Runyan-Svacina
The Marble Lady
www.themarblelady.com

1 Comment

  1. Christina Shook on July 29, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    glad to see women achieving world class status…in marbles!

Leave a Comment





Have you ever been told you can't because you're a girl?

This is one of many reader entries designed to encourage and inspire other women to rise to the challenge and follow their dreams. Have you ever been told you can't because you're a girl? Share your story!

cowgirl

Sign up to receive inspiration and special offers on Girls Can't WHAT? gifts. It's Free!

Please enter your name.
Please enter a valid email address.
Something went wrong. Please check your entries and try again.