WNBA Celebrates Title IX’s 40th Anniversary With Commemorative T-Shirt


To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Title IX—a 1972 amendment that provided woman with more opportunities to play high school and collegiate sports by stating that, “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance…”—the WNBA and adidas are offering a a commemorative T-shirt (pictured above) at NBAStore.com. This is just one of the many things that the WNBA is doing to celebrate 40 years of woman’s rights. More info via the WNBA:

The Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) and its teams and players will celebrate Title IX’s 40th anniversary throughout the 2012 season.

The league will commemorate the day by unveiling special uniforms designed by adidas to be worn by four WNBA teams on two nationally televised games on ESPN on Saturday, June 23: the Chicago Sky at Minnesota Lynx at 12:30 p.m. ET and the Los Angeles Sparks at Phoenix Mercury at 9 p.m. ET. All uniforms for these games will feature “IX” in the front of the jerseys while player names and uniform numbers will remain the same on the back of the jerseys. In addition, commemorative adidas WNBA Title IX shirts will be available for purchase at WNBAStore.com.

“As the most successful women’s sports league in the world, we truly believe the WNBA is a proof point of the impact of Title IX,” said WNBA President Laurel J. Richie. “The women of the WNBA – and all of the men who enjoy the game or have daughters and sisters who dream of becoming professional athletes – are beneficiaries of this legislation. We are proud to recognize this important anniversary.”

WNBA.com will feature a Title IX section, which will include daily content and editorial pieces on politicians, executives, coaches, and athletes who have initiated or benefited from this law. For more information, visit www.wnba.com.

Also, as part of the season long festivities, all WNBA teams will host in-arena events featuring programming, discussion panels, and halftime presentations to honor the anniversary. Several teams are also providing special ticket packages to celebrate Title IX turning 40. In addition,WNBAStore.com will offer fans 20 percent off June 22-24 in celebration of the milestone. Additional information and dates on each event can be found on WNBA.com or on team websites.