The women of North Central College’s sports teams recently came together to honor the accomplishments of those who made their achievements in the world of athletics possible.
For centuries, women faced discrimination when it came to participation in sports. The passage of Title IX in 1972 finally opened up that opportunity.
To recognize the achievements women have made in the field of sports since that time, North Central College held their 7th annual celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day.
The luncheon is hosted each year by North Central graduate students, and is attended by members of the College’s ten Women’s sports teams, along with alumni, coaches, directors, and sports educators.
Since 2006, the Cleo Tanner award has been given for outstanding contributions to North Central Colleges women’s athletics. The award’s namesake had a career in physical education at the college spanning more than 40 years.
This year’s recipient was Karen Hill who served as former head coach of women’s volleyball, basketball, softball, and track while employed as an admissions counselor at the college.
“The bottom line is, what is your dream and what do you want to do about it. Just dig in, and do it and don’t let anybody tell you, ‘You’re just a girl you can’t do that,’” said Hill. “Apparently you guys didn’t get that memo. Which is a good thing.”
In 2012, the Annual Title IX report showed record numbers of female athletes and teams, coaches, and administrators in college programs.
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