Marian Kneer devoted herself to promoting women's athletics. She grew up playing sports and earned her doctorate in physical education. She used her knowledge to advocate for girls' sports at Peoria East High School, where she taught from 1949-1968. Her work helped girls throughout Illinois, through committees like the Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.
See also Ellyn Bartges' interview on girl's basketball, located in Family Memories