Chicago Sky Celebrate Anniversary of Title IX on August 17 at Allstate Arena
The Chicago Sky announced today that in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Title IX the team will honor nine special women who exemplify the success of the legislation when the Sky play the Atlanta Dream at Allstate Arena on August 17.
The nine female leaders, players, coaches and advocates who form the Sky’s honorary Title IX team will be honored during halftime of the game and at a pregame reception for which tickets are still available. The team includes Margaret Stender, chairwoman, former president and CEO of the Chicago Sky; Sarah Spain, ESPN/ESPNW contributor and reporter; Amy Skeen, president and CEO of Girls in the Game; Lisa Cole, founder of the Chicago Force; Julie Foudy, former member of USA Women’s Soccer Team; 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.
Enacted on June 23, 1972, Title IX banned discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded school in the United States. Though Title IX opened new academic and employment opportunities to women and girls, the law is best known for its impact on women’s sports.
Chicago Sky Head Coach and General Manager Pokey Chatman considers herself a direct beneficiary of Title IX. “Title IX has been incredibly important to me throughout my career,” Chatman said. “From being a college athlete to coaching professionally, I know that Title IX helped me become the person I am today. I’m particularly thankful I had a front row seat to witness some of the pioneers in women’s sports such as Sue Gunter and Pat Summitt. We still have a lot of work to do but it’s important on this anniversary that we reflect on the good Title IX has done and keep the conversation going about what more we can do.”
Nationally, the number of high school girls participating in sports has risen tenfold in the past 40 years, while participation in Illinois is up nearly 60 percent since 1989, the first year any participation data was tracked by the Illinois High School Association. Prior to Title IX, tennis was the only sport sanctioned for girls’ statewide competition in Illinois; today girls’ teams compete in 15 sports, ranging from badminton to basketball.
Ticket packages which include admission to the pregame reception and a ticket to the game start at $20.00 and can be purchased by contacting a Sky account executive at 1-866-SKY-WNBA.