The amendment reads, “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity."
Few could have predicted the long-ranging effects Title IX would have, especially in the world of sports for female athletes.
If not for that amendment, who knows where women's sports would be today?
If not for Title IX, would Buccaneers' fans have had the honor of packing into the Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing and watching in stunned hysteria as Grand Haven's varsity girls basketball team stormed back to win the Class A state title a few months back?
Would Spring Lake senior Evie Lorimer have had the chance to put her amazing athletic abilities on display on the volleyball court, the basketball court, and the softball diamond — where she was recently named Miss Softball?
There are dozens of heartwarming stories of female athletes, from Annie Steinlage – who was named the state's Miss Soccer back in 2010, to Tiffany Holmes — who earned an astounding 12 varsity letters during her four-year high school career.
Title IX opened the door for these young ladies to have a chance to display their talents just like their male counterparts. And around here, the young women have taken advantage.
Girls sports are huge in the Tri-Cities. The Buccaneers' girls basketball team drew as many fans as the boys' team this past winter. The Fruitport varsity volleyball squad regularly packs the gym for home matches. Grand Haven's cross country team is a perennial state power, winning a state championship a year ago. There are too many other examples to even begin to list.
Title IX certainly isn’t perfect — a handful of boys' programs on both the prep and collegiate level have suffered in order to create equal opportunities for girls' teams — but for the most part, Title IX has created wonderful opportunities that otherwise may have never been realized.
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