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After spending 20 years as an athletic director and 36 years girls basketball as well as baseball and boys basketball Portland St. Patrick’s Al Schrauben will be inducted into the Michigan High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
“He’s a fixture at St. Pat,” said Michelle Smith, a former player for Schrauben when the girls basketball team won back-to-back state titles in 1999 and 2000.
via Female Coaching Network: EQUITY IN SPORTS: UVA’S BONNIE HAGERMAN EXPLAINS THE IMPACT OF TITLE IX (USA)
Val Ackerman was one of the first female athletes to receive a scholarship to play on the University of Virginia women’s basketball team in 1977 – and she shared it with another player.
Ackerman, who became the program’s first 1,000-point career scorer, went on to become the founding president of the Women’s National Basketball Association in 1996.
Her story is just one example of how the federal non-discrimination regulation known as Title IX expanded sports opportunities for girls and women, who joined sports teams in droves. Now, “playing like a girl” has lost its negative connotation, but nearly 45 years later, what is the lasting impact?
UVA Today posed that question to Bonnie Hagerman, a lecturer and director of undergraduate programs in the Women, Gender and Sexuality program who has taught “Women, Gender, and Sport: A History of American Female Athletes” on Grounds since 2008. Currently working on a book version of her Ph.D. dissertation, “Skimpy Coverage: Female Athletes in Sports Illustrated, 1954 to the Present,” Hagerman was one of several speakers commenting on a current exhibit at UVA, “Victorious Secret: Noticing Elite Sports for Women, 300 AD,” by artist Angela Lorenz.
After giving the girls a pre-Olympic pep talk on the importance of doing everything possible “to medal”, the team finished a disappointing fifth.
“If you start talking about the gold medal (too early), you’re too ahead of yourself,” she says.
“We did the same thing in 2010 (finishing a shock fifth at the World Championships in the Czech Republic).
“You can’t talk gold medal when you come up against the USA.
“It looked like the leadership wasn’t there, the chemistry wasn’t there. It didn’t look great. I don’t know why.”