Passed on June 23, 1972 as part of the Education Amendments Act, Title IX requires gender equality for women and men in all educational institutions, public or private, receiving federal funding in 10 key areas including employment, higher education and athletics.
The league will commemorate the day by unveiling special uniforms designed by adidas to be worn by four WNBA teams on two nationally televised games on ESPN on Saturday, June 23: the Chicago Sky at Minnesota Lynx at 12:30 p.m. ET and the Los Angeles Sparks at Phoenix Mercury at 9 p.m. ET. All uniforms for these games will feature IX in the front of the jerseys while player names and uniform numbers will remain the same on the back of the jerseys. In addition, commemorative adidas WNBA Title IX shirts will be available for purchase at WNBAStore.com.
As the most successful womens sports league in the world, we truly believe the WNBA is a proof point of the impact of Title IX, said WNBA President Laurel J. Richie. The women of the WNBA and all of the men who enjoy the game or have daughters and sisters who dream of becoming professional athletes are beneficiaries of this legislation. We are proud to recognize this important anniversary.
As part of our Title IX celebration this year, the Sky will offer a variety of programming, events and exclusive ticket offers for fans. The Sky have selected nine women who have inspired change across Illinois to be part of a Title IX Team.
The Sky will honor the entire team with a pre-game reception and on-court recognition on August 17 at the Women of Inspiration Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Title IX Game when the Sky take on the Atlanta Dream at 7:30pm at Allstate Arena.
A special $40.00 Ticket Package will run throughout the season in honor of the landmark Title IX legislation. The ticket package includes 2 tickets and 2 Sky Title IX Commemorative t-shirts for any 2012 Sky home game. The Sky will also sell special $9 dollar tickets in certain sections of the arena for the Title IX game on August 17.
Through the Sky Cares Foundation, companies and individuals will also have the opportunity to sponsor nine girls to attend a Chicago Sky game for $81.
The Sky will provide fans information and activities related to Title IX on CHICAGOSKY.NET throughout the season so be sure to check it out.