I enjoyed Dave Kitchell’s recent article on Title IX.

Title IX was enacted to give equal opportunity and treatment to girls sports. As stated in the article there has been great progress since its implementation, but there are still issues to deal with. While building additional gyms may alleviate some of the symptoms it may not be financially possible and it ignores the true cause of the problem.

The cure is in attitude and approach rather than bricks and mortar. The basic premise that limitations of facilities and scheduling automatically means girls teams must compromise and fit around the boys schedule is an indication of the root of the problem. The immediate focus should not be when and if we can add facilities to give equal access to the girls teams.

It should be how do we divide the time and facilities we currently have between the two until we have additional resources. There are two weekend nights available to play basketball. Why do we not automatically recognize that it would be more equitable to have one night for girl’s games the other for boys? The fact that we do not see equitable division of available time and facilities as a given indicates we have more work to do. While we should be proud of our advances, we should not become complacent and leave the job unfinished.



Don Good

Winamac

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