“…was my thought as I sat along the fence in the playground watching the boys’ play. The game of basketball had captured me.” – Carol Plodzien, Heron Award Winner

Ms. Plodzien was named Palatine Fremd High School’s first-ever girl’s basketball coach. During her remarkable career, Plodzien led the team to 12 conference championships, 17 regional championships, 5 sectional championships, and a trip to the Elite Eight in 1990. Through 22 seasons, Plodzien posted a 563-335 record and a 50-game consecutive win streak (1972-77). Both on and off the court, Carol Plodzien is a champion. Her unyielding advocacy for equal rights in sports continues to influence generations of athletes in Illinois.

“I have coached and fought for equity in the girls and women’s game for 51 years. I’m getting a little tired. Over the years we have worked so hard to develop their abilities into capabilities. Look at how they play the game today. It has brought entertainment, success, and self-fulfillment for those involved. The fight to maintain Title IX will never end. Stand up and be strong, and, LET The Girls Play.” – Carol Plodzien