May 13, 2003
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - A discussion on the future of college athletics and Title IX of the 1972 Civil Rights Act will take place on Tuesday evening, May 20 at Santa Clara University. The panel will examine the theme: "Title IX: Where Do We Go From Here?" and will include a coach from a professional women's team, a conservative political activist, a sports columnist from the Chronicle newspaper and the host of a local television sports show.
Title IX is part of a federal law enacted to provide equitable opportunity for men and women and has helped promote huge growth in women's sports. During the last 20 years, many colleges have eliminated football, men's wrestling, gymnastics and swimming programs, sometimes citing Title IX requirements for equity as one of the reasons.
Debating the merits of Title IX and the future of collegiate athletic programs will be Marlene Bjornsrud, General Manager of the CyberRays professional women's soccer team; Rick Oltman, Republican campaign consultant and former talk-show host; John Crumpacker, sports columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and Mike Sklut, host of KICU TV's show High School Sports Focus.
The event is open to the public and free of charge starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Weigand Room in the Arts and Sciences Building. The panel will also answer questions from the audience regarding Title IX during the presentations. The panel is jointly sponsored by the SCU Debate Team and the SCU Athletic Department.
For more information contact Lindsay Amstutz Manager of Promotions & Community Outreach, SCU Athletics, at (408) 554-4690 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.