June 7, 2012
Contact: University Relations
Dionne Koller, assistant professor in the University of Baltimore School of Law and director of its Center for Sport and the Law, is part of a national group of opinion leaders working on ideas for building on the success of Title IX, the federal legislation passed in 1972 as an amendment to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and intended to ensure that exclusion on the basis of gender is not permitted in any education program or activity receiving federal assistance. Now 40 years old, Title IX is widely credited with creating a more equitable environment for female student athletes at all levels of learning.
The National Women's Hall of Fame recently asked for concrete proposals for building on Title IX's success to expand sports participation opportunities for a wider group of girls and women. The organization asked Koller to submit her idea to a contest being run on the GOOD website. Koller's idea, rooted in a conversation entitled "Guarantee That Sports in Schools Be for All and Not the Lucky Few," asks a simple question: "How would you use $500 to spread the spirit of Title IX in your community?" Visitors to Koller's page on the GOOD site can support her approach by casting votes, beginning on June 7 at 3 p.m. and continuing until June 14. They also can talk about Title IX and Koller's idea through the comments section of the page, or by re-Tweeting from there.
Find out more about the National Women's Hall of Fame's Title IX Athletic Challenge.
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