1980 - Victoria Taylor helps the Oregon soccer team to back-to-back league titles and a spot in the 1981 AIAW national tournament (the NCAA did not sponsor women’s sports until 1982). She is the first Black female student-athlete at Oregon to compete in a team national tournament. In the 1980s, the women’s soccer team played in multiple locations, including Autzen Stadium, local city parks and what are now the UO student rec turf fields next to Hayward Field.
2013 - Jasmine Minor became Oregon’s first Black student-athlete in women’s tennis. Minor first played collegiately at Georgia Tech before transferring to UO to finish her career. She appeared in 27 matches during the 2013-14 season, playing at No. 2 singles for the Ducks.
2016 - Ethan Young-Smith became one of the first Black men’s tennis players at Oregon. The four-year letterman finished his career with a 46-35 singles record. He was a member of three NCAA Tournament teams in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Directions to next stop - Howe Field & The Jane
Continue past the UO tennis courts and turn right on University Street. On your right you’ll see Jane Sanders Stadium, where the UO softball team has played since 2016. It is built on the former site of Howe Field, which served as the UO baseball field before becoming home to the softball team.