Saturday, June 23, 2012
Today is the 40th birthday of Title IX. As a young girl and teenager, I loved sports and played every chance I got, in the neighborhood and in school. At different times of my childhood, I played on soccer, volleyball, basketball, and softball teams. Basketball is the sport I excelled in--and still do. I also coached girls' varsity basketball, winning back-to-back conference titles. Title IX helped create opportunities for me, for those I helped developed, and for every female athlete.
Girls often play without all the accolades their male counterparts receive, yet they come to play night in and night out--out of sheer love for the game. This legislation opened doors that many have run through. Let's keep running, ladies! Show 'em what you got! Because of you, when people say to a guy, "Dude, you play like a girl," he can smile and say, "Thank you!"
Read Whitney Pitcher's post, "The Intended and Unintended Consequences of Title IX" here.