Fifty years ago, the sports world changed forever with the passing of Title IX, and those changes are reflected today at the University of South Carolina with the commitment to and success of its women’s sports. The groundbreaking Title IX legislation was part of the United States Education Amendments of 1972, which state (in part):
“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.”
Intercollegiate athletics around the country and at the University of South Carolina would be transformed, and while not all change happens quickly, it’s amazing to see how far we’ve come (with still plenty of work to be done). Now, women’s athletics programs at South Carolina consistently sell out their home venues and compete at the highest level for conference and national championships in every sport. Whether it’s facilities, equipment, travel budgets or even coaches’ salaries, South Carolina is committed to providing a championship experience for all its student-athletes.
THE WOMEN OF SOUTH CAROLINA FUND
Funds generated will support enhancing the experience of female student-athletes, particularly those whose efforts and successes have not yet found the media spotlight.
This initiative will directly impact the student-athletes through:
- Program support — providing resources and facility enhancements for all women’s sports programs to ensure continued success.
- Program development — providing team-building opportunities and chances to travel/compete internationally.
- Career development — providing professional networking through our student-athlete mentor program.
- Leadership training — creating opportunities for student-athletes to continue to grow as leaders in sport, business and society.
- Endowed scholarships — ensuring financial aid for worthy student-athletes.