By Kevin Rate
Title IX of the Education Amendments Act states that “”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.” This law implies that Men and Women at the collegiate level must be given the same opportunities when dealing with extracurricular activities. Currently on the College Athletics website, it displays nine Men’s Sports to 12 Women’s Sports. This is a violation of title IX because there are fewer opportunities for Male athletes compared to Women.
The Intramural programs at the campuses are all co-ed, which rules out any violations, which is good. Intramural programs are designed to be for fun, to be active and meet people with similar interests. The programs offered are Basketball, Zumba, Ballroom Dancing, Soccer, Volleyball, Yoga and Tennis. All of these sports are aimed at students at a lower skill level, that don’t want to play at a competitive level.
Title IX states that there need to be equal opportunities for Men and Women, and if there isn’t enough interest in one sport for one gender, another needs to take its place. For example, most High Schools offer a Men’s Football team, but no Women’s Football team. To abide by the law, High Schools and Colleges offer a sport for Women that is not offered for Men, such as Field Hockey, Volleyball and Equestrian. Currently on the College website, the offered Sports are not equal for each gender. Both genders have Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball/Baseball, Tennis and Track and Field. The Men have one sport that Women don’t have, and that is Golf; this sport could easily be modified to have a Woman on the team, and many colleges and high schools do modify the Golf team. Women have Cheer (which evens up the numbers), Dance, Equestrian and Volleyball. That makes a total of three sporting opportunities that Men don’t have, while some of the sports could be modified, they currently aren’t and they are listed separately by gender.
One way of making the numbers even is by either cutting some of the Women’s sports, or by adding a few Men’s sports. Dance and Cheer could be combined into one program, Equestrian can become co-ed and a sport like Hockey could be offered for Men. This instantly makes the numbers even. Hockey can be an expensive sport, but the proposed idea of a hockey rink on campus could decrease the costs of having a team.
Title IX is a law that needs to be abided by and institutions can get into a lot of trouble if these numbers aren’t balanced. Currently at the campus, they aren’t equal and it needs to be acknowledged. The idea of an Ice Rink on campus is another opportunity to bring more interest and opportunities to students. The opportunities need to be balanced for Men and Women, at risk of being punished by the Federal Government.