Click Here for the Sally Jenkins article on Title IX published in The Washington Post. Our position on Title IX is as follows: we believe that the role of a university is to educate men and women to be better citizens in the world and not to advance them to the Olympics, the NFL, the NBA, the NHL or otherwise. Any man or woman who wishes to play sport should be afforded the opportunity to do so - for the lessons learned through sport are lessons learned for life; commitment, playing fair, learning how to lose, and simply being healthy. For women who engage in sport, 50% are less likely to suffer depression and breast cancer; 80% are less likely to have a drug problem, and 92% are less likely to have an unwanted pregnancy. Prior to the enactment of Title IX, only 1 in 27 high school girls played sport. Today, the number is 1 in 3. That increase is directly attributable to Title IX - and to the people such as the Yale women who fought for the right to compete as equal athletes in 1976.
For those institutions with limited dollars, teams such as wrestling should not be cut - but rather - all monies for all teams should be reviewed and reduced equitably for all teams with administration efforts to increase booster monies. For those institutions with football teams, a percentage of those monies allocated to football (e.g. scholarships, coaches, facilities fees) should be re-allocated to other sports. 81% of all collegiate football teams lose money, according to the 1999-2000 NCAA Gender Equity Study. The rosters need not be reduced (even though the rosters are larger than those of NFL teams) - as any student should play football if he chooses. However, the amount of money allocated to football (or in many cases, basketball) needs to be reduced as it dwarfs the amount of money allocated to other teams. Expenditures for home game hotel rooms, excessive scholarship athletes, crowded game and bowl schedules need to be scrutinized by fiscally responsible management - for football, basketball, for all sports - so that no athlete is denied the opportunity to participate. Today, collegiate male athletes receive $133 million more in scholarship money each year than collegiate female athletes.
Title IX must be protected and maintained for the health and safety of our daughters. However, athletic directors must make fiscally responsibly decisions for the benefit of our sons as well. Every child should have the opportunity to play sport.
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