Breakthrough Urban Ministries, a community based organization that provides social services on Chicago's West Side, and the Chicago History Museum collaborated on this oral history project. The Museum worked with Breakthrough's Film Crew, a group of nine young people from East Garfield Park and other West Side communities, to conduct these interviews. Breakthrough and the East Garfield Park Youth Collaborative recruited most of the narrators. Dorothy Gaters was born in Buehler, Mississippi in 1946, and her family moved to Chicago soon after. She went to Marshall High School in East Garfield Park. She later became a teacher and basketball coach at Marshall High School. Her first season, in 1974, marked the beginning of her successful coaching career. Through this leadership position. Coach Gaters won eight state championships, finished second place three times, and had been in nineteen semi-final appearances during her time coaching girls basketball at Marshall. In 2000, she was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. She had also won the lifetime achievement award for high school coaches from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.