Watch as seven champion athletes and undeniable Title IX beneficiaries celebrate the historic legislation’s 37th anniversary.
Here’s a few quotes I collected throughout the day:
“I was in High School when it took effect, we went from having options of gymnastics, volleyball, and track… to everything the guys had. My friends and I were on an undefeated, state champ soccer team. We tried out for everything!”
– Sandy Hunt FIFA Development Division, Referee Instructor, Match Assessor at FIFA, Pac-10 Conference Coordinator of Women’s Soccer Officiating and US Soccer
“For me as a collegiate rower, I saw the greatest effects of Title IX in my own sport. Once Title IX was passed, universities began searching for new women’s programs to add, and rowing and lacrosse were probably two of the most non-mainstream sports that were picked up. Rowing quickly went from being a third or fourth-tier high school sport, to one at the top of the list, providing girls with an opportunity to attend Division 1 Universities on full athletic scholarships. After my own college career, I moved onto coaching and had first-hand visibility into the impact and new opportunities these high-school girls were now afforded. Just as with many women’s sports, Title IX gave the sport a voice where previously there had been silence, and I think it’s easy for everyone to celebrate that kind of advancement.”
Jill Coy – Women’s Professional Soccer Marketing Manager
“As a college tennis player, both when I was competing and looking back now, it’s been a thrill to see the increased parity at the college level as a function of Title IX, because there’s so many more programs that can have women’s tennis. There’s no doubt in my mind that where I am today is in part due to the opportunities that Title IX created.”
Rachel Epstein, Women’s Professional Soccer Director of Marketing
“The biggest thing I get from Title IX, is listening to a woman speak and feeling empowered by her strength.”
Jen Plante, The Atlanta Beat Director of Community Relations and Player Relations
“Two things come to mind. I was lucky enough to be part of an event that a lot of people have attributed to the coming out party of Title IX, or the year of the American women, which was the 1996 Olympics. The American women won everything in sight in the 1996 Olympics, and those were definitely the daughters of title IX that were doing that. They blew the place apart… that’s what they did with the opportunity. But the other part of it is, I remember reading a column written by Christine Brennan talking about the macro impact of Title IX. She talked about how Title IX helps support women to develop into major positions in government, business, and more. She wrote about the impact and benefits sports will have on our country as a whole, which are just incredible. These are now, and are going to be, the daughters of Title IX.”
Mary Harvey, Women’s Professional Soccer Chief Operating Officer
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