ACC, BIG TEN AND PAC-12 ALLIANCE ANNOUNCE PLANS TO CELEBRATE TITLE IX 50TH ANNIVERSARY
Title IX, the groundbreaking Federal Civil Rights Act, prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance. Since its passage, the landmark legislation has positively impacted the lives of women and paved the way for their continued quest to achieve gender equity in collegiate athletics.
The celebration, which began with the unveiling of the campaign and logo in February on National Girls and Women in Sport Day, will ramp up significantly in the 2022-23 academic year. A centerpiece of the campaign is a new public service announcement the three conferences collaborated to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Title IX. The PSA will air on all three conference networks, throughout league events and championships, and on conference social media channels.
Additionally, later this year, each conference will recognize and highlight 50 notable student-athletes, coaches and/or administrators who have made a significant impact over the past 50 years. The Alliance’s 41 world-class member institutions have combined to win 352 NCAA women’s championships and a combined total of 1,038 NCAA championships.
The Alliance Title IX 50th Anniversary Celebration logo will appear on apparel, signage and other branding throughout championships and conference events. The three leagues will also honor the history and success of former, current and future student-athletes, coaches and administrators through a variety of program offerings.
To raise awareness of what the Alliance’s 41 institutions are doing on campus, each conference has created a Title IX microsite in conjunction with today’s post, which includes links to member institution websites, creative content and Title IX celebrations throughout the academic year. .
In addition, the Alliance will identify multiple opportunities to amplify the celebrations of individual member institutions throughout the campaign period.
“The Title IX Golden Anniversary is a truly incredible milestone, and we are proud to honor this significant moment while understanding that we have a responsibility to promote fairness and equity for women in athletics. academic,” said ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips, Ph.D. “We look forward to celebrating this remarkable anniversary throughout the 2022-23 academic year and to doing so with our Alliance partners and the 41 world-class institutions within the ACC, Big Ten and the Pac-12.”
“Title IX forever changed the landscape of college athletics,” said Big Ten conference commissioner Kevin Warren. “Through the platform provided by Title IX, talented young women across the country have been empowered to pursue their dreams. The Big Ten Conference is proud to play a leadership role in gender equity to elevate women’s sport nationally and continue to foster an environment where women can thrive. We look forward to being a driving force over the next 50 years as we continue to empower future generations of student-athletes.
“Title IX has created countless opportunities for women to pursue their dreams through sport and beyond,” Pac-12 commissioner George Kliavkoff said. “This Title IX campaign is a great example of the power our three conferences can bring to celebrate and amplify the importance of this seminal law and all who have embodied the importance of opportunity and fairness.”
About the ACC-Big Ten-Pac 12 Alliance
In August 2021, the ACC, Big Ten, and Pac-12 conferences formed a historic alliance that brought together 41 world-class institutions around a collaborative approach surrounding the future evolution of college athletics and programming. The alliance – which has been unanimously supported by the presidents, chancellors and athletic directors of all 41 institutions – is guided in all cases by a commitment and prioritization of supporting student-athlete welfare, academic opportunities and sports, experiences, and a diversified educational program. All three conferences are grounded in their support of large-scale athletic programs, the collegiate model, and opportunities for student-athletes as part of institutions’ educational missions. The three conferences remain competitive in every way, but are committed to collaborating and providing thought leadership on various opportunities and challenges facing college sports, including: mental and physical health, safety, wellness and supporting student-athletes; strong academic background and support; diversity, equity and inclusion; social justice; gender equality; future structure of the NCAA; federal legislative efforts; post-season championships and future formats; and programming for soccer, women’s and men’s basketball, and Olympic sports. The alliance includes:
· World-renowned academic institutions committed to shared values of supportthe next generation of leaders.
· Innovative research that benefits communities around the world.
· 27 of the 34 Autonomy 5 members of the Association of American Universities (AAU).
· 34 institutions ranked in the Top 100 National Universities by US News & World Report.
· Large-scale sports and academic programs.
· A long tradition of leadership in diversity, equity and inclusion.
· Over 27,000 student-athletes competing on 863 teams in 31 sports.
· A total of 1,038 NCAA championships.
· Long-standing relationships between bowling partnerships, men’s and women’s basketball challenges and Olympic sporting events.
· 194 Olympic medals won in Tokyo by current, former and future student-athletes.
· Some of the most iconic and historic venues in college sports.
· Hundreds of millions of dollars in direct annual institutional support for student-athlete scholarships.
· More than $15 billion in annual federal support for research, nearly one-third of the total across all colleges and universities.