“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.
December 2020 Update - I am sharing a program that is important both to me and the players of the Toronto Six - NWHL. Join the Six as a founding member for our 2021 season. As the Six prepare for our inaugural season in lake placid, we’re inviting fans to come with us (virtually at least) on the journey. Membership has its benefits for only $99 + hst. Visit the below link to learn more about this awesome opportunity to support our team and get involved as a fan.
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.
With the creation of the United Women’s Lacrosse League, we have generated over 100 new PIFS ambassadors. These are some of the top lacrosse players in the world who bring a wealth of accomplishment and knowledge to the team. All of our partner athletes embody the values that we strive to promote, beginning with equality.
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.