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40 years ago, on June 23, 1972, President Richard Nixon signed into law the landmark legislation that today is simply known as Title IX:
"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 educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance."
37 words that changed women's athletics forever. The May 7 edition of Sports Illustrated has an excellent cover article on Title IX highlighting it's important impact on American sports:
1. In 1972, 294,015 girls participated in high school sports. In 2011, that number grew to 3,173,549, and it continues to grow.
In 1972-73, Aptos High offered 10 different sports to male athletes. Female athletes had only Cheer and Pom-Pom to choose from. In 1973-74, Aptos added girls tennis. Thrirteen girls played. In 1974-75 Aptos added eight more girls' sports, and 131 girls participated.
Today, Aptos offers female athletes 26 teams in thirteen different sports (plus several co-ed sports). Over 460 female AHS students participated in AHS sports in 2011-12. And despite giving the boys a five-year head start, our girls have won more SCCAL championships (118 to 109).
2. Other studies cited in SI show that:
- Female high school athletes are more likely than non-athletes to do well in science classes.
- The more time that girls spend participating in team sports, the higher their self-esteem
- Girls who play high school sports are more likely than non-athletes to complete college.
- Girls who play high school sports are less likely to take drugs or become pregnant.
- Title IX legislation has contributed to the number of women who work full-time, and to the number of women who have moved into formerly male-dominated professions.
We do not believe that our sports program at Aptos HS is a finished product, not by any means. We hope to encourage and enable more girls to participate in AHS sports, but we believe that we are on the right path.