Minnesota Lynx to Honor 40th Anniversary of Title IX
In remembrance of the 40th anniversary of the passing of Title IX, the Minnesota Lynx will be one of just four WNBA teams to wear a commemorative Title IX jersey. During their game against the Chicago Sky on Saturday, June 23 (tip at 11:30 a.m.), the Lynx will wear a one-of-a-kind jersey that features the Roman Numeral “IX” on the front of each jersey. Seven of these jerseys will be available for purchase during a silent auction through the game’s first three quarters. Throughout the game, the Lynx will also spotlight the achievements of a number of women whose efforts toward equality for women’s athletics have changed the course of history.
“We’re extremely proud to honor Title IX during our game this Saturday,” said Timberwolves and Lynx President Chris Wright. “Title IX has played a monumental role in the advancement of women’s athletics. We are incredibly excited to honor to all of the pioneers that have furthered the development of women’s athletics.”
During Saturday’s game, the Lynx will pay tribute to a number of influential women who have been pioneers in women’s athletics. Invitees include WNBA legend Cynthia Cooper, six members from the All American Red Heads, the Tucker Center for Research on Girls and Women in Sport director Mary Jo Kane, and Minnesotan Olympians Gigi Marvin and Carrie Tollefson. The All American Red Heads were the first women’s basketball team, and will be inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame later this year for their achievements.
Through the third quarter, fans will have the opportunity to bid on the unique game-worn Title IX jerseys of seven Lynx players. The auction winners will be presented the autographed game-worn jerseys during a Title IX celebration with the honorees in Huberts Bar & Grill after the game. The other four jerseys will be auctioned off at a later date on auctions.nba.com.
Title IX was passed into law on June 23, 1972, stating that “no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity.” The law encouraged participation in sport for young women, supporting athletic opportunities for women throughout their academic careers.
Lower level tickets for Minnesota’s upcoming three-game homestand, including Saturday’s Title IX game against the Chicago Sky, are still available by contacting the Minnesota Lynx Front Office via phone at 612-673-8400 or online at www.lynxbasketball.com.
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