East Providence native Theresa Moore – director, producer and co-writer of "Third and Long: The History of African Americans in Pro Football 1946 – 1989," which recently premiered on CBS, and “License to Thrive: Title IX at 35,” a documentary which explores the history of the Title IX legislation – will join YWCA Rhode Island to discuss how 37 words changed everything for women in America.
"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 educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance." – Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972
The event will be held today, June 12, at 3 p.m. at Community College of Rhode Island – Knight Campus, in the Board of Governors room, No. 4090. Participants can also join the discussion on Twitter by following @YWCA_RI during the event and using the hashtag #YWCAhealth.
The event is open to the public and is a part of YWCA’s efforts to raise awareness of Title IX and increase young women’s participation in sports and physical fitness. Moore’s remarks will focus on how women's participation in sports will help address health disparities and the presentation will include excerpts from her film that highlights the accomplishments of women and girls who have benefited from the monumental Title IX legislation.
Title IX opened a window for female athletes. The landmark legislation was signed into law by President Richard Nixon on June 23, 1972, leveling the playing field for female athletes. As a result, women were no longer denied the ability to participate in school or university sports programs, even if their school did not sponsor female teams.
"Research shows that when young women are involved in physical fitness, there are benefits that spill over into other aspects of life,” says Deborah L. Perry, President/Chief Executive Officer of YWCA Northern Rhode Island. “YWCA is encouraging young women’s participation in sports as a strategy to eliminate health disparities and ensure young women achieve the benefits a healthy lifestyle.”
Theresa Moore was valedictorian of the East Providence High School class of 1982. An honors student and member of the basketball and track teams, Moore and her team won three state track championships. She went on to study and run track at Harvard University where she graduated with honors with a degree in history. After a successful career in business including six years as an executive at ESPN, Moore later started her own production company, T-Time Productions.
“Sport and physical activity serve as the gateway to a healthy lifestyle, especially for young women of color,” Moore said. “Since the passage of Title IX, more opportunities than ever exist for young women to participate in sports and learn the skills and confidence that will benefit them on and off the field.”
Founded in 1923, the mission of YWCA Rhode Island is to eliminate racism, empower women, and to promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. For more information about YWCA Rhode Island, visit www.ywcanri.org.