Nominations Sought for Title IX HeroesJune 19, 2012 - Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) Indiana Fever
Title IX Heroes will be selected from counties throughout the state.
Title IX is a part of the Higher Education Act passed in 1972 that requires gender equity for boys and girls in every educational program that receives federal funding. Former Indiana Senator Birch Bayh was its author. This year is the 40th anniversary of Title IX, and a fitting opportunity to look back on an amendment that has opened countless doors for women in sports, academics, and professional life. Nominees for this award could be coaches, teachers, parents, mentors or other influential figures.
The nomination deadline is July 31, 2012. Winners will be notified by Aug. 9, 2012 and honored at an Indiana Fever game on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012. For purposes of this award, nominees must be living females who will be honored during the Fever's annual Inspiring Women Night presented by Merrill Lynch. Section 9 tickets for Inspiring Women Night on 9/9 will be available for $9. (Honorees and their nominator will each receive two complimentary tickets to the Sept. 9 event.)
"The dramatic sports growth for girls has been the signature metric of the Title IX legislation over the past 40 years, but we also want to highlight the other educational opportunities that were afforded to women such as law, medicine and even politics," said Indiana Fever Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Kelly Krauskopf. "Along with this landmark legislation, there were coaches, parents, teachers and mentors who helped open many new doors for women and we want to help honor those inspiring women."
To nominate a Title IX hero, an application form must be completed, as well as a short essay. Visit www.IndianaHumanities.org or www.FeverBasketball.com to learn more.
Indiana Humanities will collect essays as part of its new two-year program called Spirit of Competition, which examines five core elements of competition: civility, rivalry, passion, innovation, and failure.
"Through Spirit of Competition, we are encouraging Hoosiers to think a little bit differently about the way competition affects their lives on a daily basis," said Keira Amstutz, president and CEO of Indiana Humanities. "For women, Title IX allowed competition to happen on a very different stage than ever before. It's important to remember that 40 years ago, there was a very different perception of what women could compete in - on the field and off."
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