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The pros and cons of Title IX
May 19, 1997
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Is there a way to create opportunities for women without taking them away from men? How can a grandfather support girls' sports? Have any colleges or universities ever been denied federal funding because of Title IX? What impact does the ruling have on high school sports? Aren't men just more interested in sports than women? VIEWER COMMENTS
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Ros McKenna of Savoy, IL, asks:
I'm a 70-year-old, and I think that grandparents could lend more of a voice to the issues of girls' sports. Our generation, I think, could have more influence in our grandchildren's lives if we participated in the issue of equality in education, here sports. Any ideas for tapping activism in this generation on this topic?
Mark Nickel of Brown University responds:
Interest in women's sports is growing. This growth partly reflects a change in attitudes toward the role of sports in the lives of women and girls and in the expansion of opportunity in everything from community soccer programs to Little League to high school sports. The support and expectations of parents and grandparents are crucial for both boys and girls. Sticking with any sport is progressively more difficult, with significant "melt" occurring at the high school level. For instance, although many more women have taken an active interest in sports, the growth in interest among women is not necessarily in competitive programs such as varsity athletics. Universities like Brown offer thriving programs for women in intramural sports and activities as well as varsity competition. A healthy interest in the athletic abilities of grandchildren would go a long way toward inculcating a desire to stick with it.
Donna de Verona of ABC Sports resonds:
I think one the best ways to help sports for young people is to become a coach or a manager and get certified in soccer, etc., or volunteer. My father was an All-American football player at Cal-Berkeley. He volunteers at the Boys and Girls Club and has been a champion of girl's and women's sports
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