Mystics Title IX Night
The Mystics are proud to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Title IX with the Mystics vs. Mercury game on July 1, 2012 dedicated to it. Please click here for much more information on the history of Title IX.
After the game between the Mystics and the Mercury, there will be a panel featuring noted female names in the sports industry including:
Ann Meyers Drysdale
One of the first Women to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, currently the Vice President of the Phoenix Suns (NBA) and the Phoenix Mercury (WNBA), Ann Meyers Drysdale has been one of the greatest stars in the history of basketball. Time Magazine recently called her one of the ten greatest female athletes of all time. A female first in many categories, she is still the only woman ever to sign a free agent contract with an NBA team, the Indiana Pacers, back in 1979.
A standout 5'9", blond-haired, blue-eyed point guard, Meyers Drysdale was the first player to be part of the U.S. National team while still in high school. She then went on to become the first woman to be signed to a four-year athletic scholarship at UCLA, the first four-time Kodak All American, male or female, and the overall number one pick in the WBL (part of the now defunct Women's Professional Basketball League).
She took the first ever US Women's Basketball Team to the Olympic Games in 1976 and helped them bring home a Silver Medal. She continued to be a standout player at several international tournaments and was the only woman ever asked to compete in ABC Men's Superstars. Meyers Drysdale is also an award-winning sports journalist. She is the modern day version of Babe Didrikson Zaharias. While there are several books out about Babe, surprisingly there has never been any book written or published about Meyers Drysdale's life......until now.
Natalie Randolph became the first female football varsity coach in Washington, D.C. and the third woman ever to serve as head coach of a high school football team in the nation. After assistant coaching at H.D. Woodson High School, Natalie was hired as the head football coach of the Coolidge High School Colts. Under Natalie's leadership for two seasons, the Colts have improved their overall grade- point average and have twice made the DCIAA playoffs.
Outside of her roles as a Coach and a Science teacher, Natalie is an athlete in her own right having been a hurdler at the University of Virginia and a wide receiver for the DC Divas, a professional team in the Independent Women's Football League. Former Washington, DC Mayor Adrian Fenty noted Natalie's pioneering spirit when he declared a "Natalie Randolph Day" in her honor.
Award-winning journalist Christine Brennan - USA Today sports columnist, author of the best-selling figure skating book Inside Edge and television sports analyst - is a leading voice on the Olympics, international sports, women's sports and other sports issues.
Brennan's column in USA Today makes her the most widely read female sports columnist in the nation. Her new sports memoir, Best Seat in the House: A Father, A Daughter, A Journey Through Sports, (Lisa Drew Books/ Scribner) is the first father-daughter memoir written by a sports writer.
Brennan is an on-air commentator for ABC News and ESPN, reporting for the networks from the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Sydney and Athens, and the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Salt Lake City and Torino, as well as other sports venues. Brennan has appeared on a variety of network and cable shows over the past decade including ESPN's SportsCenter, Nightline, Good Morning America, World News Tonight and NBC's Today Show.
Brennan also is a commentator on NPR's Morning Edition and appears on Fox Sports Radio. Her sports commentaries appear online at usatoday.com
Brennan broke the news of the pairs figure skating scandal at the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics. Her USA Today column in April 2002 on Augusta National Golf Club triggered the debate on the club's lack of female members. In December 2002, Sports Illustrated's Golf Plus section named her one of golf's 12 heroes of the year.
Brennan became the first woman to cover the Washington Redskins in 1985 as a staff writer at The Washington Post. She wrote for the Post from 1984-1996, covering the Olympics and international sports from many nations, including Cuba and the former Soviet Union. Brennan has covered 12 consecutive Olympic Games, starting with the 1984 Los Angeles Games.
Prior to joing the Post, Brennan was the first full-time woman sports writer at The Miami Herald, where she worked from 1981-1984.
The author of six books, Brennan has won the Women's Sports Foundation's journalism award four times. Her 1996 book Inside Edge was named one of the top 100 sports books of all-time by Sports Illustrated in December 2002.
Her 1998 book Edge of Glory won an Ohioana Library Association book award.
In 2001 and again in 2003, she was named one of the nation's top 10 sports columnists by the Associated Press Sports Editors in the category of the nation's largest newspapers.
In 1993, Brennan was named the Capital Press Women's "Woman of Achievement." She was honored as the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill's 2002 Reed Sarralt Distinguished Lecturer and received the U.S. Sports Academy's 2002 Media Award. She won the 2003 Jake Wade Award from the College Sports Information Directors of America for outstanding media contribution to intercollegiate athletics. In 2005, she won the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators' Honor Award. She also is a member of the Jim Murray Memorial Foundation Journalists' Hall of Fame.
A native of Toledo, Ohio Brennan was inducted into the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame in 1995.
In 1988, Brennan was elected the first president of the Association for Women in Sports Media. As president of the nationwide organization, she initiated a scholarship-internship program for college-age women that now honors eight students annually. She was named AWSM's 2004 Pioneer Award winner.
Brennan received undergraduate and master's degrees in journalism from Northwestern University in 1980 and 1981, respectively. She was inducted into Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism Hall of Achievement in April 2004. She is a member of Northwestern's Council of One Hundred, a mentoring program for women.
Brennan also is a nationally known speaker who gives more than a dozen talks annually to colleges and institutions. She lives in Washington D.C.
Renee Brown, WNBA Chief of Basketball Operations and Player Relations, oversees all player scouting and acquisition for the league, as well as the administration of player-related policies and programs. In addition, she is responsible for overseeing the policies for all oncourt basketball operations.
Prior to promotion to her current position, Brown served as WNBA Vice President and Senior Director. She joined the WNBA in September 1996 as Director of Player Personnel.
Brown also plays an integral role in USA Basketball, currently serving on both the Steering and Selection Committees. She has chaired the USA Basketball Women's Senior National Team Selection Committee and served on the Executive Committee for USA Basketball for two consecutive quadrants, from 2000 to 2004, and again from 2004 to 2008. The U.S. Women's Senior National Team won Olympic gold medals at the conclusion of each of Brown's tenures, in both 2004 and 2008. She also served as Vice President for the Senior Women's Programs from 2000 to 2004. Brown also serves on the iHoops advisory committee.
During the 1995-96 season, Brown served as an assistant coach to Tara VanDerveer for the gold medal-winning USA Basketball Women's National Team in Colorado Springs, where she helped with game preparation, player conditioning and scouting.
Brown served as an assistant coach for women's basketball teams at the University of Kansas, Stanford University, and San Jose State University. During her tenure at Kansas, she helped guide the Jayhawks to an 88-31 record, four trips to the NCAA Tournament and a Big Eight Conference title. Her Stanford team won the NCAA tournament in 1990 and earned a trip to the Final Four in 1991.
Brown holds a bachelor's degree and master's degree in education, both from UNLV.
The Mystics would like to thank all of the Title IX Night sponsors for their support of the Mystics and women's athletics.
Engineering, Systems Support and Integration (ESSI), LLC
NOVA United Senior Women's Basketball
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