POSTED: June 16th 2017

Olympics: LA 2024 bid celebrates 45 years of Title IX

Title IX changed the face of women's sports © LA 2024
Title IX changed the face of women's sports © LA 2024

Paralympian Allison Compton helped to found women's sitting volleyball © LA 2024
Paralympian Allison Compton helped to found women's sitting volleyball © LA 2024

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Los Angeles 2024 Olympic bid stepped up for the 45 years of Title IX with an inspiring sports party for young athletes in Southern California.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, LA First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland and LA 2024 Athletes' Advisory Commission member and Paralympian Allison Compton led a celebration with hundreds of girls and young women to commemorate the ground breaking legislation for the advancement of women in sport.

A celebration and multi-sport clinic took place at the official Mayoral residence, the Getty House, reaffirming LA 2024's commitment to advance the IOC's Olympic Agenda 2020 Goals of expanding opportunity for women in the Olympic and Paralympic Movements, both on and off the field.

Olympic swimming Champion and broadcaster, Donna de Varona, is a LA 2024 Board Member, Athletes' Advisory Commission Member and to note was a leading advocate for Title IX enforcement, commented, "Title IX is about more than athletic success and medals; it's about women's right to equal treatment, respect, opportunity and aspiration. I am proud to be a part of LA 2024, because we are totally committed to actively promoting gender equality through the unique power of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

"LA 2024 is eager to leverage the City of Angels' ready-made connection with youth audiences to get America's 50 million girls and young women enthusiastic about and participating in sport and the Olympic and Paralympic Movements."

Title IX is also known as the Equal Opportunity in Education Act and states that "No Person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving Federal assistance."

This legislation opened the door for opportunities and for the advancement of women's sports. To drive that point home 45 years later US women athletes racked up more medals than their male counterparts at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti noted at the celebration, "Girls deserve every opportunity to thrive in their own communities. And we know that girls who play sports are more likely to excel in school and other areas of their lives. That is why Amy and I are so committed to giving women and girls every possible chance to lead and to shine. Title IX has enabled countless young athletes to reach for their dreams, and inspire all of us. We couldn't be prouder to celebrate this groundbreaking legislation today."

LA 2024 Athletes' Advisory Commission member and Paralympian Allison Compton, known for helping to found Women's Sitting Volleyball, spoke to the group of young women, "Title IX has been pivotal in empowering women to follow their dreams and succeed on the world's greatest athletic stage - the Olympic and Paralympic Games. It was an honor to share my story with these young women and help them understand Title IX's impact. I am proud to be a part of LA 2024 because I know how seriously the bid takes the advancement of women and Olympic and Paralympic-based value education and we saw that in action today."

LA 2024's executive team includes front and center many accomplished leaders in the international Women in Sport movement, including American IOC Executive Board Member and LA 2024 Senior Advisor for Legacy Anita DeFrantz, American IOC Member and LA 2024 Chief Strategy Officer Angela Ruggiero, LA 2024 Vice Chair and Director for Athlete Relations Janet Evans, LA 2024 Vice Chair and Director of Paralympic Engagement Candace Cable, Executive Director for Sustainability and Legacy Brence Culp, Executive Director for Sport Leader Relations Marla Messing, Director of Administrative Operations Carla Garcia and Deputy General Counsel Tanja Olano.

**LAURA WALDEN has over twenty-six years of experience in the Olympic Movement, formerly at the European Olympic Committees with SportEurope under former IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge and IOC Member Mario Pescante. She worked with the Rome 2004 and Turin 2006 Olympic bids and also managed PR & media for Dr. Jacques Rogge during his campaign for the presidency.

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