Before 1972 the primary physical activities for girls were cheerleading and square dancing. Only 1 in 27 girls played High School sports. There were virtually no college scholarships for female athletes. Then in 1972 Education Amendments were passed that included Title IX. Title IX was meant to give equal opportunities to females in the education world, but what it did for females in sports was phenomenal.
The Founding Mothers of Title IX were just looking for a more level playing field in academics. "We had no idea," says Bernice Sandler, who helped draft the legislation, "We had no sense of the revolution we were about to start."
You'll notice that not one of those words in Title IX is "athletics" or "sports," the very words that have come to be associated with Title IX. "The only thought I gave to sports when the bill was passed," Bernice Sandler says, "was, Oh, maybe now when a school holds its field day, there will be more activities for the girls." Title IX: 37 words that changed everything Apr 30, 2012 2:05 AM ET | By Steve Wulf
They ended up having much more than a field day. The number of girls playing high school sports jumped from nearly 300,000 in 1971-72 to over 3 million in 2009-10, an increase of 1079 %. The number of women playing varsity sports in college rose from nearly 30,000 in 1971-72 to over 186,000 in 2009-10, a 622 % increase.
Now more than 3 million high school girls — one in two — play sports. More than 191,000 females played NCAA sports in 2010-11 last year in London. For the first time ever the US sent more female athletes than male athletes to the Summer Olympics. Only 2 countries won as many gold medals at the 2012 Olympics as the 29 earned by the US women.
So what has been FCA’s response to females in sports? Well, not too good. We have 1,040 Field Staff in the country and there are only 112 female staff. In Georgia, there are 143 Field Staff with 14 of them being female. We need more female staff to minister to female coaches and athletes. Good news! East GA FCA is in the process of hiring a female staff person. However with opportunity comes responsibility. We need people like you to make this happen. Initially it will take $50,000 to bring her on staff. There has already been one generous donor who says they will match funds up to $25,000.
If you are willing to give or increase your giving to help us minister to our female coaches and athletes you can # 1. Send a check in to our office EGA FCA P.O. Box 2546 Vidalia GA 30475 or #2. Call our office at 912-537-4002 to increase your automatic monthly giving amount.
Posted on Tue, March 5, 2013
by Quentin McArthur