Posts Tagged ‘Girls in sports’

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Happy National Girls and Women in Sports Day!

February 3, 2010

“Each year as we celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day, we are reminded of the importance of maintaining a focus on, and creating an awareness of, the important issues facing women and girls in this country and beyond.The powerful combination of sports, health and education found in programs administered by organizations like the Women’s Sports Foundation not only directly benefits women and girls today, it lays a foundation for growth for generations to come.” — Women’s Sports Foundation Founder Billie Jean King

A IWFFA Blog affiliate, Women Talk Sports, put together some remarkable photos of women and girls in sports. Check it out.

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Happy Birthday Title IX

June 24, 2009

Happy 37th birthday to Title IX, the federal law granting girls and women in high schools and colleges the right to equal opportunity in sports.

On June 23, 1972 title IX was passed and implemented in July of that same year. Although that was 10 years before I was born, and manny more years before I could take advantage of the opportunities, I benefited first hand to the passing of this bill.
Title IX is the reason I learned how to play football. I joined my high school varsity flag football team when they first announced that Palm Beach County Public School District was to offer a varsity level girl’s flag football program. My family wasn’t into watching the NFL, nor was my big brother a football fan.
As a 16 year old Junior in high school I learned how to throw a ball, catch as well understand the markers on the field. I was a slow learner and wasn’t the best on the field, but my coach kept encouraging me to play. I discovered that I love the sport.

The world still isn’t perfect, we have a long way to go. But without title IX, I would be a different person.

The battle continues in Congress to ensure Title IX remains strong and effective. We need to support this legislation at a stronger level. Send a message to your congressional representative though the Women’s Sports Foundation.

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