Memo to the NCAA: Title IX is Obsolete

We received a comment from Lisa Lewis of Barnard College who writes for the Columbia Spectator.   Here’s a link to her article, “Memo to the NCAA: Title IX is Obsolete.”   To this senior in economics, quotas don’t make sense and clearly don’t have a place in intercollegiate athletics.   Take a minute to read her insightful post.  Thanks Lisa!

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A Video that Inspires

Meet Brian Goodell, UCLA Men’s Swimming Team and 1976 Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist.   Click here to view the video.

‘Extraordinary people visualize not what is possible or probable,
but rather what is impossible. 
And by visualizing the impossible,
they begin to see it as possible.’      

~ Cherie Carter-Scott

Save Title IX and Restore Its Original Intent

Title IX was intended to protect against discrimination – NOT promote athletics on college campuses.  This federal law is being used unjustly as a tool to cultivate the interest and athleticism in women and correct for past discrimination (e.g. “If they build it, they will come.”).  It is time to restore the original intent of Title IX:

“…no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance…”

Title IX is a good law and has greatly expanded opportunities for women across the United States.  It was enacted at at time when it was sorely needed.  However, Congress’ intent for this nondiscrimination statute has been distorted.  Through misinterpretation and misapplication of the statute and its regulatory tools, many universities are ultimately forced to discriminate against men.

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Brian Goodell Joins Fairness in Sports Foundation Board

2-time Olympic Gold Medalist Joins Board

2-time Olympic Gold Medalist Joins Board

The Fairness in Sports Foundation is pleased to announce that Brian Goodell, 1976 two-time Olympic Gold Medalist (USA Swimming) and UCLA Hall of Fame member, has joined its Board of Trustees. Brian joins other Olympic champions on the Board who have joined together in an impassioned effort to save men’s collegiate athletics. They include: Peter Vidmar (2x Gold & Silver: 1984 Gymnastics), Tim Daggett (Gold & Bronze:  1984 Gymnastics), Karch Kiraly (Gold:  1984 Indoor Volleyball; Gold:  1988 Indoor Volleyball; Gold: 1996 Beach Volleyball), and Wayne Collett (Silver: 1972 Track and Field). “I think what the organization has done so far is outstanding and I hope I can help expand its reach and influence to accomplish the Foundation’s goals,” said Goodell.

As a member of the UCLA men’s swim team, Goodell has been trying to bring men’s swimming back to UCLA since it was dropped in 1994 – the same year the university eliminated its men’s and women’s gymnastics programs.  The school restored women’s gymnastics a few months later; however, it would not reinstate the men’s programs despite the number of Olympic and NCAA champions they produced.  The Foundation is very fortunate to have such a devoted group of advocates to lead the coalition of coaches, parents, and former athletes in restoring fairness to Title IX.

The Mother of Title IX

To restore the original intent of Title IX, it’s important that we examine its history to truly understand why the author of this bill rallied so hard to enact it. Unfortunately, the intent behind this law has since been distorted due to precedent-setting judicial interpretations and decisions of the federal courts.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is now officially known as the Patsy Takemoto Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act in honor of its principal author.  This federal law was renamed by President George W. Bush on October 29, 2002.  Continue reading

UCLA Builds $10M Aquatic Center But No Men’s Swim & Dive Teams

UCLA breaks ground for $10M aquatic center

UCLA breaks ground for $10M aquatic center

Now here’s one that’s hard to swallow. The UCLA Athletic Department began construction on their $10 million aquatic center on June 30.  And who benefits?  According to UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero, providing “more aquatic opportunities for our teams, clubs, faculty, staff and students is going to be a win-win situation for everyone.”  Everyone except for men’s swimming and diving.

UCLA eliminated men’s swimming and diving teams in 1994.  Continue reading

ASU Swimming Reinstated Due to Hundreds of Donors

ASU Men's Swimming back in action for 2008-09

ASU Men's Swimming back in action for 2008-09

Having raised enough money to reinstate men’s wrestling in just 10 days and now men’s swimming, ASU’s verve and donor support system is pretty impressive. Effective immediately, Arizona State University swimming has been reinstated.  According to Simon Percy, ASU men’s assistant swimming coach who led the aggressive fundraising effort, they raised $330,000 in cash.  Another $670,000 has been pledged whereby the $1 million raised would cover the program’s operating budget for four years.  Percy said donations came from “literally hundreds of donors”.

Lisa Love, ASU Vice President for Athletics, said fundraising for the program will be an ongoing process.  To fully endow men’s swimming, $5 million must be raised.  Go Sun Devils!