How Title IX Galvanized Women’s Sports
New blog from Alana Beard.
by Alana Beard / @Alanabeard20
SLAMonline, what’s up?!
It has been about 2 weeks since I last checked in. I had to let all the LeBron hoopla clear up before I posted again. What do y’all think about that? I am excited about the NBA season. I am ready to see that Heat vs. Lakers match up. No matter what, Kobe will still win!
So, since I last checked in, I’ve had my niece Keagan with me for two weeks, been to Colorado and New York…yes, with Keagan in tow. The past two weeks were busy but it has been an awesome experience for the both of us. We flew to Aspen, CO for the Aspen Ideas Festival (www.aifestival.org) where I was a speaker on a discussion panel on how Title IX has galvanized women’s’ sports.
I was extremely excited when asked by Sheila Johnson to speak at such a prestigious event on such an imperative topic. Dr. J wasn’t able to attend so she asked me to go in her place. So, yes, the environment was a bit intimidating. However, women such as Beth Brooke and Nancy Hogshead-Makar made this experience worthwhile. After doing some research on both women, it became evident that they are pioneers. The fought and paved the way for my generation. They are why leagues such as the WNBA exist.
Women’s sports have come so far (despite what others may think) and I am so proud to be in a position where I am able to be an advocate for not only women in sports, but also women in general. A point I touched on in the discussion was about the struggle and “fight” of propelling women’s sports. I referred to it as the “cycle of hope.” It’s a very simple concept; just as women before me fought for my generation, I understand that I am fighting for the next generation…Keagan’s to be exact.
Keagan is such a cute and loving individual who wants nothing more than to be like her auntie (makes me smile). It’s so funny to see. For example, if I’m driving with my arm propped on the rest and bobbing my head to music, she’ll sit in the passenger seat and prop her arm on the rest and bob her head to the music also. Out of the corner of my eye I can see her taking slight glances over at me to see if I’m doing something new. Clearly I am a role model and understand just that. This is the reason why the Aspen experience was important for her. It was important for her to hear about how her “TT” (what she and my nephew call me) became that role model for her.
She didn’t understand it completely, but one day she will. Young women need to understand the struggle of the past, the benefits of the present, and the PURPOSE of the future.
Until next time….Whoop Whoop! : )
‘When they say I can’t…I will.’