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Growing up in Hialeah, Florida in 1974, 10-year-old Kim Wyant loved to compete in sports.

“I was basically like a park rat,” she said. “I was a girl playing with boys in the ’70s, and that wasn’t popular.”

When they learned a baseball team was being formed, Wyant and her 12-year-old brother Andy wanted to give it a try.

“I clearly remember the male coach who’s there,” she said. “I went to the coach. He said, ‘No, you can’t try on the baseball team.'” Girls are not allowed to play baseball. “”

A troubled Ynet rode her bike home six blocks from the park and told her mother that she had been denied the chance to play. Her mother immediately went to the park and confronted the coach.

“You’ll let my daughter play baseball, or I’ll sue you for discrimination,” her mother said.

Ynet added, “She went on to tell me she actually had to meet with the mayor and city officials. I basically told them, ‘Look, there’s something called Title IX now and you’ll let my daughter or I’ll sue you.'” This was my first introduction to this ninth title. “

Two years ago in 1972, Act IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in schools or educational programs that receive funding from the federal government. June 23 is the fiftieth anniversary of the day it came into force. The late Senator Birch Bayh (India) introduced the bill in 1971.

Playing baseball was a small step at the time, but it was a huge step for Wayant. By the time I entered high school, more sports for girls were added, including soccer.

“You opened so many doors for me, and gifted my life that really led me to who I am today,” said Wyant, who supported the US women’s national team in its first game in history in 1985.

Wyant is currently the head coach of the New York University men’s soccer team, one of two women to coach men’s college teams, and a coach for Brooklyn City FC (Women’s Premier League).

“I was in the right place at the right time,” Ynet said. “I took advantage of those people who made those decisions to start the women’s national team.” “It was just another step I was able to take that furthered my career, but it also helped me become a better person.”

Several former USWNT notables have echoed Wyant’s observations about the impact and impact of Title IX on their lives.

Briana Scurry (174 capsules)

“Life was changing,” said goalkeeper Briana Scurry. “Door 9 really opened the doors for a lot of us to get over it. I think, for me, it was very important, because with the advent of Title 9, a lot of universities and colleges were adding scholarships and money for females in some form of soccer, which had a Bigger rosters and it was a good sport to be able to fulfill the mandate of compliance. It made a lot of sense for me to continue playing football. My parents didn’t have much money and I needed to get a scholarship to go to college. So Act 9 really helped me achieve this. the dream “.

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