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ports pioneer will speak Monday

Published: Friday, June 28, 2013 1:15 a.m. CST

STERLING – Pat McKinzie Lechault, a 1975 Sterling High School graduate and women’s sports pioneer, will talk Monday about her experiences.

The free presentation will be at 6 p.m. at the Sterling Public Library, 102 W. Third St.

LeChault’s book, “Home Sweet Hardwood: A Title IX Trailblazer Breaks Barriers Through Basketball,” chronicles her life. She was the first female athletic scholarship recipient in Illinois before being drafted into the first women’s pro basketball league.

LeChault was one of the first American basketball players in Europe, and played in France and Germany before a car accident. She went on to become a coach, teacher, and writer, working at the American School of Paris and International School of Geneva in Switzerland. Lechault and her husband have two children.

Visit pattymacz.com/wordpress/book for more information about LeChault’s book. Call the library at 815-625-1370 for information. Her book is available on amazon.com or by calling 815-625-9252.

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