Recognized as an accomplished athlete and coach, Carmen was one of three physical education teachers chosen to chart the course for the Puerto Rican women’s team and its future participation in the South American Olympics:
May 7: This afternoon I attended a meeting to organize the program for the Puerto Rican girl’s team that will go over to Panama next February for the South American Olympic Games. Two university physical education teachers and I have been selected to formulate the plan, which will be carried out in preparation for the selection of the women’s team. It will be the first time for Puerto Rico to send such a team, so we have to be very careful that everything is just right because we want to establish precedents that will form a basis for future Olympic Games. We decided to follow the platform of the Women’s Division of the National Amateur Athletic Foundation of America, or the N.A.A.F.A. Next week, the three of us shall meet again, put our program and plan of organization together and present it to the Olympic Games Committee on Friday afternoon. I shall let you know later how our plans went.
Carmen added that she and her colleagues decided that the women’s team would only participate in volleyball, tennis, and swimming events, and that those wishing to compete could train and practice during July and August. Preliminaries were scheduled for early September, with semifinals at the beginning of October and the finals toward the end of the month.
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