Atlantic 10 Conference to Celebrate Title IX 50th Anniversary with League-Wide Programming in 2022
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Atlantic 10 Conference will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Title IX in 2022, with league-wide celebrations and activations across all A-10 assets. The landmark civil rights legislation, signed into law on June 23, 1972, prohibits sex-based discrimination at any educational institution that receives federal funding.
Title IX’s passage created hundreds of thousands of opportunities across higher education for women’s collegiate sports. Today, the majority of sports in the Atlantic 10 are women’s sports (12). Additionally, the A-10 has had a female Commissioner for the past 28 years, the second longest of any Division I Conference.
“On behalf of the A-10, it is a privilege to honor and celebrate this landmark legislation. Personally and professionally Title IX has had a profound effect on me as well as so many. As a high school athlete winning multiple state championships in basketball from 1972-76, Title IX opened the doors to opportunities and celebrating women in sports. Earning a scholarship to UNC created an opportunity for me to become a first-generation college graduate,” stated Atlantic 10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade. “From that point forward as a coach, administrator and now Commissioner I have witnessed, benefitted from and been able to protect, give back and honor the enormous impact of Title IX. I am amazed and fortunate to have enjoyed the benefits of Title IX with millions of females, (and males) their teammates, families, partners, and children over the last 50 years.”
The A-10 will use a commemorative logo during the celebration, which begins on Feb. 2 with National Girls and Women in Sports Day and will conclude with the last activation occurring at the 2022 Volleyball Championship in November. The special logo will be used at Atlantic 10 championships throughout the winter, spring and fall of 2022, including on the courts of the women’s and men’s basketball championships.
“What it Means to Me” is the campaign the Atlantic 10 will feature during the year, with the voices and stories from Atlantic 10 student-athletes, coaches, administrators and alums whose lives have been directly affected and influenced by Title IX. These personal stories, which will be told through a variety of outlets on social media, video and Atlantic10.com, will feature the impact the legislation has had on people, their spouses, their children or their friends and teammates.
The Atlantic 10 will also use its platforms to amplify the Title IX celebrations on each of its campuses and through the athletic departments from each member institution. The festivities include recognition of women’s basketball student-athletes and letter winners at the 2022 Women’s Basketball Championship in Wilmington, Del. Other activations include commemorative items, including t-shirts for student-athletes, and year-long educational and training sessions.
Commemorative Atlantic 10 Title IX Anniversary Logo: