Written by: Kathryn Krtnick
As a former college student-athlete and coach, I have experienced firsthand how sport changes lives. I have witnessed educational and athletic opportunities transform the confidence, strength and perspective of young women. Sport not only prepares young women for the academic rigors of higher education through the development of time management and discipline, but even more, primes young women for prestigious leadership positions and a variety of careers.
Simply, sport has opened many doors for women, a door that was only open for men not so long ago. This week we celebrate the incredible pioneers and icons who made gender equity a reality through the documentary “Sporting Chance,” airing on ESPN2 on Saturday, June 23 at noon EST.
Their struggle ultimately afforded me a chance to compete at a national level, to be part of a comprehensive learning experience that was second to none and now, to work in a field I love – intercollegiate athletics. Words cannot describe how thankful I am for these experiences.
In fact, June 23 marks the 40-year celebration of the passing of the landmark Title IX legislation. I encourage you to make some popcorn and sit down with your daughter, granddaughter, niece, or friend to share this moment in history.
The significance of the passing of Title IX may not be top of mind for today’s youth or may not be given the appropriate level of attention in history class, but instead, these young women will live it.
The hope is that all of the blood, sweat and tears endured to make Title IX a reality will not be overlooked or forgotten and that today’s generation will continue to appreciate and fight for their gift of opportunity.