PA discriminating against females
This letter is in response to a bizarre, error-ridden op-ed by Dave Satka (“The difficult balance of Title IX”) published last Sunday.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that protects equal opportunities in education programs.
It is not, as the author stated, a part of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. It was not, as the author stated, “created to force schools to offer the same number and equal funding of sports between the sexes.”
Title IX was designed to eliminate sex-based discrimination in federally funded education programs, which includes admission into graduate and professional schools as well as athletics. When it comes to sports, Title IX requires equitable opportunities and does not, as the author stated, mandate equal funding or numbers.
What else? The “Battle of the Sexes” was a commercial endeavor. Bobby Riggs was not forced by law by challenge Billie Jean King (that’s “Billie,” not “Billy”) to play tennis.
With these basic factual mistakes as the foundation, it’s unsurprising the author reaches such cynical conclusions about female athletes. I’ve never met a girl motivated to play what Satka refers to as “boys sports” as a mere gambit to get media attention.
Worst of all is the author’s suggestion that “extreme” compliance with Title IX has produced “horrible injustices” for young boys.
I suggest the author review fairplay.womenslawproject.org), our new website that allows anyone to easily check the Title IX compliance rate of public secondary and middle schools across Pennsylvania.
You’ll quickly find disparities in opportunities for male and female student athletes into the double-digits.
Forty-five years after Title IX, the best data suggests ongoing, serious Title IX violations and discrimination against female athletes.
Talk about horrible injustice.
Terry L. Fromson
(The writer is the managing attorney at women’s law project.)
A toast to a piece of Curve history
I would like to congratulate the Lozinak family on a second Eastern League title and the first professional baseball championship won on the home field at Peoples Natural Gas Field.
In the winter of 1997, I remember being with Bob Lozinak in his Las Vegas hotel room waiting for the call from minor league baseball executives to inform him that the Altoona bid had been selected over Springfield, Massachusetts.
When the phone rang and I could hear the voice on the other end of the line say, “Congratulations” to him, it felt like I was witnessing local sports history.
It was historic for all of us back in Blair County and the surrounding region to land such a prestigious sports franchise.
This was just a beginning of the history making moments the Altoona Curve would experience as 19 years later, the list of accomplishments is now long and proud.
To be with Lozinak for that phone call in Las Vegas and then stand with him and his family on the concourse for the final out to beat Akron in three straight games for the EL title was a true circle of history for me.
Raise a glass! Here’s to expanding that circle with another ring in 2018, the 20th season of the Altoona Curve.
(The writer was the Curve’s first employee in 1998.)
Dodgers fan has seen enough
The Los Angeles Dodgers are a jinxed organization and will never win another World Series in my lifetime.
There are a number of Dodgers who are near the end of their careers and will request a trade to another team where they have a chance to play in the World Series.
I predict Clayton Kershaw will be the first to go.
For me, I have to get out of this crazy sport as a fan as I realize there are sports teams who will never make the Big Dance and win it all.
The Dodgers are one of those organizations.
I no longer have any interest in a team in baseball and will not write about this organization again, one that my dear mother got me interested in when I was six years old.
That said, I will always hold dear memories of my favorite boyhood team, the Brooklyn Dodgers.