Passing the Torch Will Celebrate 50 Years of Girls Sports in West Hartford

Passing the Torch Will Celebrate 50 Years of Girls Sports in West Hartford

Title IX of the Higher Education Act was passed by the United States Congress on June 23, 1972

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The Town of West Hartford and West Hartford Public Schools will mark the 50th anniversary of the passing of Title IX and the establishment of girls’ sports in town at an event on .

Girls sports are as popular if not more popular in today’s West Hartford, but prior to the passage of Title IX in 1972, the opportunities were extremely limited.

Mayor Shari Cantor and Superintendent of Schools Tom Moore will co-host Passing the Torch on April 27, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the official establishment of girls sports in West Hartford, as well as marking the 50th anniversary of the passage of Title IX of the Education Amendment Act of 1972.

Cantor, a lifelong athlete and 1977 graduate of Hall High School, was a member of three varsity teams in high school. She captained both the swim team and gymnastics team, and also ran track but just a few years earlier those opportunities may not have existed.

As a student athlete at Hall High School, I was among the girls who first experienced the benefits of Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 during my high school years 1973-1977, Cantor said. For the first time, girls could take part in team sports and coaches would get paid. By participating in sports, girls had a chance to build confidence, strength and lifelong friendships just like the boys. On April 27, we will celebrate this important milestone and all the remarkable female athletes along the way.

West Hartford Mayor Shari Cantor (nee Granow, front row fifth from left) pictured as captain of the Hall High School Gymnastics team. Photo from Class of 1977 yearbook

It reads: No person in the United States shall, biracial dating sites free on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance

Passing the Torch, which will take place at Hall High School from 6:30-8:30 p.m., will recognize players, coaches, and parents who lobbied the West Hartford Board of Education to establish the first official girls sports programs. (tovább…)

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