I played every sport in high school. I didn’t have to work out, because I was in shape. Like they do now? We didn’t work out. I was hard as nails, ’cause … we worked all the time.
I played baseball. I played football. I played basketball. I did a little boxing. … I played all the sports, but we worked that in. I’d play baseball and then walk home from school. There ain’t no way to get home; we walked home. Ain’t no bus to take us nowhere.
When we played football, we didn’t have no money to buy uniforms. The school didn’t buy no uniforms. We had, I think it was five helmets and we didn’t have no shoulderpads. We used sweatshirts. We put on about three or four sweatshirts. They knew – ’cause the backfield had helmets and one or two on the line – they knew what plays we were going to make because we’d have to switch our helmets around. And the football field at the end of the game – it looked like a rag field, because they’d grab you and you’d lose your sweatshirts.
We did have baseball suits though. I don’t think we bought our uniforms. … But basketball we played – we didn’t have no gyms … we played on the dirt. We played outside. That’s why we played in the spring of the year. I mean, it was dirt courts. We played tennis too. Tennis … [the school] didn’t have no sport of tennis; [but] you could play tennis. I used to like to play tennis.
I don’t know why they didn’t build any gyms, but we played outdoors and everything we did was outdoors, so I guess they thought that’s where we were supposed to [play].
From an interview with Bev Fletcher, spring 2010.