OCEANSIDE (CNS) - Women coaches and athletes will gather in Oceanside Saturday to mark the 40th anniversary of Title IX, which banned sex discrimination in education and federal programs.
Title IX's biggest effect has been on sports funding for girls and women. Among those scheduled to attend the 4 p.m. event at Oceanside Pier Amphitheatre are Mary Alice Hill, a former athletic director at San Diego State University and now a motivational speaker; Judy Sweet, a former athletic director at UC San Diego and NCAA vice president; Milena Glusac, a champion long-distance runner at Fallbrook High School and now a marathoner; and Kathy Kinane, who ran the marathon in the 1984 Olympics.
Hill was the only woman to run a Division 1 athletic department when she was at SDSU in the mid-1980s.
According to one study cited by Forbes magazine, girls participating in sports rose from one in 27 when Title IX was adopted in 1972 to one in four just six years later.
Implementation of the law often is criticized, however, as limiting athletic opportunities for young men in college because just one male-only sport, football, uses up dozens of scholarships. Since that is far more than any other athletic pursuit, many colleges with scholarship football programs
have a wider variety of women's sports.
At San Diego State University, there are a dozen women's teams and half that for men. The situation is more balanced at the region's other three major universities because football is not a factor.
The University of San Diego offers nine women's sports and eight for men. The Toreros have a non-scholarship football program.
UC San Diego fields a dozen men's teams and 11 for women, while Cal State San Marcos has six men's teams and seven women's squads. Neither the
Tritons nor Cougars play football.
The San Diego Gulls will seek their team-record ninth consecutive victory Sunday when they face their rival, the Ontario Reign, at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario.
Just the thought of free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer joining the downtrodden, youthful San Diego Padres sent a morning jolt through the spring training clubhouse.