Lucile "Miss Ludy" Godbold
“You play your best and then if you win or lose it doesn’t matter.”1 – Lucile “Miss Ludy” Godbold – first woman inducted into the SC Sports Hall of Fame
Lucile Godbold was a strong woman who fought for women to be able to compete in sports. Winning a gold medal at the First International Track Meet for Women in Paris in 1922, she was the first South Carolinian to participate in and win an international track meet. The success of this track meet opened up the Olympic Games to women athletes. Godbold was the first woman to be inducted into the South Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 1961.
Godbold was born in Estill, South Carolina and was a graduate of Winthrop College in 1922 as a physical education major. There she set records in numerous athletic events including running track and throwing the shot put. Godbold was a teacher for 58 years at Columbia College in Columbia, South Carolina where she taught everything except golf and dance. She became a local legend and was known as 'Miss Ludy'.
As an American athlete and educator, Miss Godbold received many honors. Columbia College’s physical education center is named for her. The city of Estill erected a historical marker in 1982 as a tribute to Godbold’s achievements. In addition, an annual touch football game initiated by students in 1955, was named the 'Ludy Bowl'. It is still played during every homecoming weekend at Columbia College.
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