Today is the 40th Anniversary of Title Nine!
Here are some quick facts (from an email I recieved from Miss Maria Stuber!)
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is the federal law that prohibits sex discrimination
in education. Title IX says: “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.”
Title IX is best known for creating more opportunities for women and girls to play sports. Title IX
requires schools and colleges receiving federal funds to give women and girls an equal chance to play
sports and to treat men and women equally when it comes to athletic scholarships and other benefits like
equipment, coaching and facilities.
But Title IX does not apply ONLY to athletics.This law prohibits sex discrimination in ALL aspects of
education, including career and vocational programs, admissions and employment policies, standardized
testing, and treatment of pregnant and parenting teens.
To celebrate 40 years of equal opportunity, I’ve been thinking of all the opportunities sports have given me and the people who helped make this possible. To thank all of you who have helped me be who I am today, I’ve listed 40 groups/people who have been big parts of my development as a skier (in no particular order) intermixed with reasons girls should be involved in sports – and stick with it!
- Mom, Dad and my little sister for all the love and support
- Competitive sports gives you a healthy, strong body that takes you everywhere you want to go in life
- My Extended Family for extra love and support
- Racing and training gives you confidence in yourself and your ability to succeed
- Slumberland Furniture, and Ken Larson for sponsoring me
- T2 Foundation sponsorship
- Sports teaches good goal-setting and taking small steps to reach big dreams
- William E. Simon Olympic Endowment Grant
- Powerbar for the nutrition sponsorship
- When you’ve traveled the world, you get to share cool experiences and race stories with friends
- Rudy Project for helmet and glasses
- Salomon for skis, boots and bindings
- Being an athlete is a great way to give back to the community by giving kids clinics and inspiring young athletes to reach their own goals
- Swix for poles
- People/groups that have donated very generously: Lois Diggins, Ahvo Taipale/Finn Sisu, The Murdoch Family, John Miller, The St. Croix Valley Ski Club, Chilkoot Cafe
- NAWTA for awesome training buddies across North America- video linked HERE
- My teammates on CXC
- Training and racing with a team gives you lifelong friends that will always have your back
- My teammates on the USST
- My teammates from Stillwater High School ski team
- My coaches from CXC
- Learning how to recieve and give constructive feedback is a big part of sports, and applies to everyday life as well
- The USST coaches
- You get to be outside a ton during training and gain a ton of appreciation for clean air and good views
- The coaches of SAHS
- Minnesota Youth Ski League Willow River branch
- Learning how to take the bad results with the good teaches you how to develop a positive attitude and deal with adversity
- Twin Cities community
- The Chilkoot Cafe for putting on a large fundraiser
- Finn Sisu for all the help with equipment
- The Finn Sisu junior group; now part of Vakava Training juniors
- Hosts on the road for letting us stay in their homes
- Competitive sports teaches you to respect and listen to your body, and take care of it better
- Venues on the road – hosts for the Supertour, Nationals, Spring Series (Rumford, Craftsbury, West Yellowstone, Bozeman, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Rossland, Silver Star.
- Toko for the wax
- Traveling the world for races gives you a different kind of learning experience that you can’t find in books
- National Nordic Foundation (NNF) for fundraising and supporting crucial development trips
- Skiing is a lifelong sport! It’s something you can enjoy forever, and you can race in many different venues around the world.
- Doctors and Massage therapists that donate their time on the road and at camps
Thank you everyone for making this last season such a great one!