June 23, 2012 marked the 40th anniversary of the signing of national legislation known as Title IX that sought to create equal rights for boys and girls. Because of this legislation, countless women including myself have taken advantage of the ability to participate in a myriad of athletic opportunities that extend to all levels of competition and have reached far beyond the United States.
The proof of Title IX's impact lies far beyond any statistics regarding the number of girls that have participated in organizes athletics. Several weeks ago, the Ohio High School Athletic Association State Track and Field Championships took place at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at The Ohio State University in Columbus Ohio. You may have heard about the teen runner that helped carry her competitor as she struggled to finish the long race. As a four-time competitor in that state meet (as a high jumper), I loved reading about the great example of sportsmanship at such a high level of competition. Watching it was even better!
The video reminded me of another unbelievable example of sportsmanship and character during a college softball game several years ago.
As a former college volleyball player, I understand the drive to win and respect these young women for their ability to do what is fair and right regardless of the cost to the outcome of the game. Both of these stories demonstrate just some of the life lessons women have learned through athletics because of Title IX. Here are a few other ways Title IX has changed things for women.
With the 2012 London Olympic Games opening ceremony only a few weeks away, now is a great time to get inspired to try new things, test your skills, or set new fitness goals. Here are some resources to help you find your inner athlete and set it free.
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We would love to hear your story of how you have benefited from Title IX. What doable-yet-challenging fitness goal will you set to enliven and refocus your workouts?
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