February 6, 2013 |
'I'M GONNA pass out. " Don't let the words fool you; the girl may have been winded, but she spoke with a smile. Surrounded by Temple's women's rowing team, she had just competed in her first 100-meter race on a rowing machine. And she couldn't have been more excited. The North Philadelphia middle school student was one of roughly 50 participants Monday at Temple's celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day. The event brought young girls from local middle schools to Temple's Student Pavilion to hang out with some of the university's female athletes and try their hand at everything from shot put to fencing.
January 25, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Breaking new ground, the U.S. Education Department is telling schools they must include students with disabilities in sports programs or provide equal alternative options. The directive, reminiscent of the Title IX expansion of athletic opportunities for women, could bring sweeping changes to school budgets and locker rooms for years to come. Schools would be required to make "reasonable modifications" for students with disabilities or create parallel athletic programs that have comparable standing to mainstream programs.
September 2, 2012 |
They say this is the Year of the Woman. Of course they're right. Ever since we got the vote, we've been hell-bent-for-leather. By the way, we got the vote 92 years ago. Or Years-of-the-Woman ago. To prove that the Year of the Woman is here, they point out that Augusta National Golf Club just allowed two women to join its membership, after 80 years of admitting only men. One woman, who led a protest at the club in 2003, said last week,...
August 15, 2012 |
LONDON - With apologies to Olympic purists, that tacky and nationalistic medal count really is worth taking a look at. It may get too much attention in a jingoistic, we're No. 1 sense, but it still matters. It matters because of the stories it tells about the state of the world's competitive balance in sports and, by extension, the state of the world itself. The United States finished the London Games on top of the medal standings, with 46 gold medals, 29 silver, and 29 bronze.
July 9, 2012 |
Mike Harrigan After 40 years, it's time for some changes to Title IX and its role in amateur sports. When President Richard M. Nixon signed the amendments to the Higher Education Act on June 23, 1972, its 37 words — "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving...
June 25, 2012 |
Facts speak for themselves. In 1972, fewer than 300,000 girls in America played high school sports. Now, three million do. Saturday was the 40th anniversary of the passage of Title IX, the federal law that said no person shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation or denied the benefits of any education program or activity receiving federal funds. And the world changed. "It's one of the most popular and successful civil rights laws the country's ever had," said Lisa Maatz, top policy adviser with the American Association of University Women and chair of the National Coalition for Women and Girls in Education (NCWGE)
June 24, 2012 |
The thought never even crossed Carli Lloyd's mind. She would play sports, lots of them. And the opportunities? They'd always be there for her to fulfill her potential. Growing up it was never a question for Lloyd whether she would play sports. The Delran native, 29, never questioned her opportunity or access to athletics; the fact that they would both be there was just assumed. Born a decade after the passage of Title IX, Lloyd started playing a variety of sports at a young age, unaware of the legislation that made it possible for her to do so. It wasn't until college when she started to understand the law. "It never crossed my mind that there would have been a time when females couldn't play sports," said Lloyd, starting center-midfielder for the U.S. women's soccer team.
June 22, 2012
To put the 40th anniversary of Title IX in proper context, turn off the television. Forget Final Fours or tailgating at college football games. Not to get sacrilegious, but forget about seeing games at the Palestra. We live in the only country where college sports is more about watching than playing. No complaints. It's also the only country where the media cover college sports so extensively. Title IX, which turns 40 on Saturday, isn't about the watching, just the playing.
June 22, 2012 |
With the 40th anniversary of Title IX coming Saturday, the Daily News asked legendary Immaculata College star and women's basketball Hall of Famer Theresa Grentz to provide a guest column about her experiences. Grentz was a three-time All-American on the Mighty Macs' national championship teams in the early 1970s. She would later coach at Saint Joseph's, Rutgers and Illinois, winning 671 games and only having two losing seasons in her 32 years as a college coach. Grentz coached Team USA to a bronze medal at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona and coached the 1990 Goodwill Games and World Championship teams.