“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 of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 1681)
These 37 words comprise Title IX, the statute that first opened the doors of opportunity for women in sports. Making no mention of athletics, quickly after its passage, the broad language of Title IX quickly permeated all aspects of education, including sports. Forty-five years later, we are still working to advance gender equity in sports at all levels, and there is much work to be done. This is Title IX 2.0.
NEW FEATURED ATHLETE
Breanne Wilson-Bennett is a professional hockey player for the Toronto Six of the National Women's Hockey League. When she was a collegiate athlete at Colgate University, Breanne discovered she had Type One Diabetes. Since her diagnosis, Breanne has graduated Magna Cum Laude, continued to play high level and professional hockey in North American and Sweden, and has become a "student of the disease". She does not let diabetes rule her life, and is an inspiration to all those with the disease and to young girls and women everywhere.
Education and inspiration to advance girls and women, create opportunities towards gender equality, and break down gender biases that hold girls and women back from being the true leaders they are.
Play it Forward Sport Ambassadors who believe in the mission and actively engage by leading Campus Kids and See it Be it Events, being an elite athlete spokesperson, and donating to Play it Forward Sport non-profit.
See it Be it Events brings elite athletes into the community to share inspiring stories of advancement and leadership so everyone - girls, boys, women, men, parents, teachers, community leaders - can SEE what can BE.
Campus Kids brings young athletes to intercollegiate and professional athletic events so that underserved girls and boys know these opportunities are available to them and are inspired to reach their dreams.
Learn the stories of women who have gained opportunities to become proven winners in their areas of expertise, on the ice or on the field through this educational and inspirational self‐guided digital museum. Their stories speak to how they have achieved greatness though hard work, against the odds through the support of mentors, the change in gender inequities and policies including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 1681.
Play it Forward Sport has relationships with hundreds of elite athletes at the professional and college level. These are among the top hockey, lacrosse, basketball, soccer, tennis and professional and division 1 college players in the country and the world.
We are honored to support these athletes in our mission to create a sustainable professional women’s sports model and proud to have them Playing It Forward through Sport!
Creating opportunities for women
Consider Play It Forward Sports Foundation a philanthropic priority. We help solicit contributions from foundations, organizations, and individuals. We will be looking for insights and strategic thinking as this foundation will be the catalyst for the professional women’s sports leagues and for all women. We are dedicated to empowering women as leaders in the community, in business, as mentors and as professionals.