Nancy Hogshead-Makar: Women’s sports, Title IX, Penn State and beyond

Posted in Blogroll on July 25th, 2012 by Christian Avard

 

Nancy Hogshead-Makar at the 1984 Olympic Trials (Photo provided)

 

Twenty-eight years ago my sister and I got our first glimpse of the Summer Olympics. We saw ABC’s coverage of the women’s 100 meter freestyle final, an event the United States was expected to win gold.  Carrie Steinseifer of Redwood City, California had a clear lead with meters to go and touched the wall first … or at least it looked like it.

Just seconds later, a woman appeared out of nowhere on the television screen. She screamed, “We tied! We tied!” That woman was Steinseifer’s teammate, Nancy Hogshead-Makar of Jacksonville, Florida.  The two swimmers had identical times and were both awarded gold medals. Couldn’t get any better than that. It was that event that inspired my sister and I to try swimming as a sport. I’m still at it years later.

After the Summer Olympics, Hogshead-Makar went on to become a staunch advocate for women’s equality in sports. Today, she is one of the foremost exponents of gender equity in education, including sports participation, sexual harassment, employment, pregnancy, and legal enforcement under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

Hogshead-Makar has worked for the Women’s Sports Foundation for 27 years, starting as a college intern, becoming the third President from 1992-94, its legal advisor from 2003-10, and is currently Senior Director of Advocacy.  She is also a tenured Professor of Law at the Florida Coastal School of Law, where she currently teaches Sports Law courses. She earned her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and is an honors graduate of Duke University.

Let’s also not forget her storied swimming career. Hogshead-Makar  capped eight years as a world class swimmer at the 1984 Olympics, where she won three Gold medals and one Silver medal. Through high school and college dual meets she was undefeated.  She has received numerous awards including the Nathan Mallison Award, given to Florida’s outstanding athlete, and the prestigious Kiphuth Award, given to the best all-around national swimmer.

I caught up with Hogshead-Makar recently to discuss the 40th anniversary of Title IX, women’s equality in sports, and the sex abuse scandal involving the Penn State Football program.

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Tip-Off for 7/25/12 (featuring Kool and the Gang): Who will you be watching in the 2012 Summer Olympics

Posted in Blogroll on July 25th, 2012 by Ron Glover

Opening ceremonies to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London are only a few days away. Of course the main attraction of the Games will be the United States Men’s Basketball Team, led by LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant.

Other than Team U.S.A., who will you be watching for the next two weeks?

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