How Title IX Influenced My Journey—And Changed the Landscape of Sports

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Sports Illustrated

By Val Ackerman The Big East commissioner—who played hoops at Virginia and later was the WNBA’s first president—has seen the impact of the 1973 legislation. I’ve saved just about everything. Since my journey in sports began almost exactly in parallel with the passage of Title IX 50 years ago, my souvenir collection has grown: newspaper clippings; cards; photos; game credentials; speeches I gave as the first president of the WNBA, the first woman to serve as president of USA Basketball and now commissioner of the Big East Conference; drawings that little girls in the stands handed me of their f…

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