Anosike Reflects on NGWSD

Hey Lynx Fans! Hope you're all doing well. With today being National Girls And Women In Sports Day, I thought I'd check in with all of you and tell you a little bit about how I feel about women in sports. This year's theme is "Look Who's Playing," referring to what Title IX has accomplished and how many girls and women it truly helps and has helped in the past in allowing women athletes to achieve their sports aspirations.

I think everyone can see that the inception of Title IX changed women's sports in a positive way. Historically women have been a disadvantaged group in comparison to men in virtually all aspects of life, including sports. However, today this is no longer the case as we continue to make significant contributions and set standards of excellence in many areas of sports, especially basketball. The example that sticks out in my mind is Pat Summitt. With just one more win, she will become the first coach in college basketball history to win 1000 games! Women of all shapes, sizes, and colors are continuing to attain prominence and have successful careers as Olympians, professional and collegiate athletes, coaches, administrators, officials, athletic trainers, and broadcasters. We have come a long way since 1970 when just 1 out of every 27 high school girls played varsity sports.

In addition, since the passage of Title IX, media coverage of female athletes has evolved from being virtually nonexistent to being shown on nationally televised channels such as ESPN and CBS. This increased coverage allows the country to see for itself that women are powerful, exciting to watch, and passionate!

Title IX has paved the way for people like myself to accomplish dreams of playing sports at a professional level. At the age of 22, it is evident that basketball, in addition to being something I love, is also a key source of empowerment in my life. It has taught me to push myself to the limit, and when I reach the limit, push a little harder.

There have been many women who have paved the way for people like me to have the opportunity to play professional basketball. However, the struggle for gender equality is still not over. It is up to our generation to continue the advancement of not only women in sports, but women in general.

Till next time, thanks everyone!

Nicky Anosike