Title IX Team Reception

The Chicago Sky celebrated the 40th anniversary of Title IX on Friday night when the team played the Atlanta Dream by recognizing nine female leaders, coaches, and advocates who exemplified the success of the legislation.

Prior to the game, those recognized as part of the Title IX Team gathered for a pregame reception held among many Sky fans and staffers. The list of notable guests included Margaret Stender, chairwoman, former president and CEO of the Chicago Sky; Amy Skeen, president and CEO of Girls in the Game; Lisa Cole, founder of the Chicago Force; Peg Kopec, volleyball coach at St. Francis High School in Wheaton; Ramelia Williams, former Chicago director of Go Girl Go!; Maria Wynne, CEO for Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana; and Lt. Governor Sheila Simon. Title IX Teamers Sarah Spain, ESPN/ESPNW contributor and reporter and Julie Foudy, former member of USA Women’s Soccer Team were also recognized but unable to attend.

Margaret Stender talked about being apart of the honorary Title IX team this year. "It's humbling. I don't feel like I've really done anything to deserved being honored. Title IX is one of the most significant pieces of legislation that's passed in our country since the civil rights movement, and it has really changes society and creates opportunities not just for women but for all of us. It changes the world and makes it a better place. And it's fun to reflect on that, and to see how far we've come. And certainly just coming off the Olympics and having many in the world calling it the Olympics of women, it just showcases how much change there has been, which shows that its really not about me or any individual person but it's about all of us and getting the opportunity to play and what we've learned while given the opportunity."

Circulating among the honorees at the reception were many fans, family and young girls who aspired to one day follow in the footsteps of the many honorees. "We are very excited to be here,” said Jody Arran a coach from Girls on the Run out of Northwest Indiana. “Without Title IX we all would not be here today. Title IX means so much to me and having our girls here who run track, play basketball and soccer is even more exciting because they get to see these inspiring women do these wonderful things."

Designed for third to eighth grade girls, Girls on the Run combines training for a 5k run with lessons that inspire them to recognize and honor their individual strengths and talents and to celebrate their inner selves.

The reception was the culmination of year long efforts to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Title IX.

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