Fill out the form below to signup to our blog newsletter and we'll drop you a line when new articles come up.
Call it a double. June 23 is Olympic Day and the 41st anniversary of the passage of Title IX. Here, to commemorate, are nine female Olympians who made an impact in their sport.
Imagine if some of the most iconic moments in sports history never came to be: members of the USA soccer team ripping off their jerseys in pure joy after winning the 1999 Women’s World Cup, the Williams sisters dominating the U.S. Open in 2001, the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team winning an unprecedented 90 consecutive games—the longest streak in both men’s and women’s NCAA basketball.
These big points in sports owe thanks to a 37-word amendment, Title IX, which celebrated its 40th anniversary last year. While ESPN commemorated that anniversary with wall-to-wall coverage on its website of the gains women have made, it also realized the need to keep the conversation going.
“It shouldn’t only be anniversaries,” says Libby Geist, associate director of development at ESPN Films. “We should always be highlighting women.”
“The result of that yearlong reflection is ESPNw and ESPN Films’s Nine for IXdocuseries, which airs July 2 and continues throughout the summer. The nine episodes, all directed by women, feature some instantly recognizable names: Venus Williams, Pat Summitt, and Mia Hamm. Others are harder to place, like sports journalist Lisa Olson, who fought sexual harassment by New England Patriots’ football players; late scuba diver Audrey Mestre, whose push to complete the deepest dive ever led to her death; and runner Mary Decker, whose promising Olympic dreams were nixed because of a collision with another racer.
read more …………….
About This Video
In 1972, U.S. Congress passed Title IX, a law which prohibited discrimination against women in schools, colleges, and
universities — including school-sponsored sports. Before this law, female athletes were few and far between, and funding
was even scarcer. Erin Buzuvis and Kristine Newhall explore the significance and complexity of Title IX.
Need a fun lesson on Title IX and athletics??
Well we created one! We worked with the amazing people at TED-Ed and put together a lesson on Title IX. The whole lesson can be
found here and includes a video, multiple choice and discussion questions, resources, and a discussion board (if you would like
to comment after watching). The lesson is aimed at grade school children. But the animation–by Kat Llewellyn–is great and should be enjoyed by all. So here’s just the video:
Since the enactment of Title IX 40 years ago, significant strides have been made in securing equality for girls and women in collegiate sports. However, compliance with the law in elementary, middle, and high schools is marginal at best. There is a similar need to ensure equal access to athletic opportunities for low-income girls through local Parks and Recreation Departments—a right afforded by California law AB 2404.
Fair Play for Girls in Sports is tackling these very issues with generous support from John and Terry Levin and the Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation of California.
Fair Play for Girls in Sports promotes the health, well-being, education, and future employment opportunities of low-income girls in grades K–12 by:
See our fact sheet Equality for Your Girls in Your Parks
Download the Fair Play for Girls in Sports brochure
Find Fair Play for Girls in Sports on Facebook
Support Fair Pay for Girls in Sports. Make a gift online today
Today, Rutgers University fired head men’s basketball coach Mike Rice, a day after a video surfaced showing him berating his players during practices, throwing balls at them, kicking them and taunting them with homophobic slurs.
ESPN aired the footage on Tuesday night during its “Outside the Lines” program. The video, revealed by former director of player development, Eric Murdock, is from Rutgers practices from 2010 to 2012 and shows Rice’s conduct at practices. The video immediately went viral, putting scrutiny on the university and prompting Rutgers to fire Rice.
Rice had been suspended for three games in December of last year and fined $50,000 after athletic department officials originally saw the video footage. Rutgers Athletic Director Tim Pernetti said he spent “hundreds of hours” talking to those involved in the program to determine what actually happened.
While the virality of the video and the media circus that ensued is unique to the Rice situation, it’s an unfortunate reality that coach-on-athlete abuse happens all the time, to male and female athletes in all sports and at all levels. No matter the nature of the abuse — verbal, physical, emotional or sexual — it deters girls and women from participating in sports and from developing as athletes, as students, and most importantly, as people.
read more …………