White House: Calling All Female Jocks

By Evan Harris

Jun 20, 2009 2:11pm

In a blog posted at Whitehouse.gov, US Ambassador to the United Nations pays homage to Title IX, the 1972 education amendment which requred the funding of girls and womens' sports.

"No person in the United States shall, 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," Title IX reads.

Rice — nicknamed "Spo" for "Sportin'" during her high school cager days — writes: "I played point guard for my high school basketball team at National Cathedral School in Washington (I also played tennis and softball). What I learned from my coaches and teammates extended well beyond the basketball court. Being part of the basketball team taught me some valuable life lessons and helped shape me as a person.  I learned how to be a team player, how great it feels to win, how tough it can be to lose – and how difficult it is to do so gracefully.   

"As the United States Ambassador to the United Nations—I’m often reminded that in basketball as in diplomacy, you have to know when to throw elbows, and when to show finesse," Rice writes.

She notes that the White House will be celebrating the anniversary on Tuesday and invites readers to "submit your photos of your own Title IX days and they’ll feature some of them on WhiteHouse.gov to honor all of America’s great women athletes."

- jpt

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