By Mike Pearson
Dr. Ellen Greaves was born a bit too early to have had the opportunity to perform as a varsity athlete for the University of Illinois. However, that doesn’t lessen the impact that she’s been able to make in behalf of women’s athletics and education in general during the 50-year period since her graduation from UIUC in 1972.
Though the youngster who grew up in Hinsdale didn’t have many chances herself to compete in sports during that pre-Title IX period, she’s been steadfastly determined in her role as an administrator to level the path for those who’ve followed in her footsteps.
“My mother, bless her heart, was not athletic at all, but she listened to every Cub game,” Greaves remembered. “She and another mother from my friendship group didn’t want us to not have an opportun …