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Utah Athletics Announces Title IX Golden Anniversary Celebration Plans

Apr 13, 2022

The 50th anniversary of Title IX will be commemorated by Utah Athletics with a Golden Anniversary celebration event Sept. 30-Oct. 1, which culminates a multi-media, cross-platform content series that launches in June.
 
The Utah Athletics Title IX Golden Anniversary weekend will welcome past and present administrators, student-athletes and coaches to the U campus and Salt Lake City for a series of events.
 
"This is a tremendous opportunity to celebrate the rich history of our women's sports programs at the University of Utah, and those who established the foundation for the incredible achievements we continue to see today," said Director of Athletics Mark Harlan. "We're excited to tell those stories and we look forward to a very meaningful celebration here in the Fall."
 
The special four-month long content series will showcase the people, magical moments, milestones and behind-the-scenes insights from Utah's rich history of women's collegiate athletics. In-depth features, video vignettes, classic photos and podcasts will bring those stories to life on UtahUtes.com as well as the Utes' social media and digital platforms.
 
The 50th anniversary of Title IX will also be commemorated at Utah Athletics home events during the 2022-23 year.
 
"I couldn't be more grateful for the many benefits I've received because of Title IX," said Charmelle Green, Utah Deputy A.D. for Internal Operations and COO. "As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Title IX and reflect on the amazing women that paved the way for so many women and girls in sports, I am reminded of the challenges they faced, the rough roads they traveled, the battles they fought so that I—and others like me—could benefit from a great education, a tremendous collegiate athletic experience, and an amazing career in college athletics."
 
"As the Deputy Athletics Director of our wonderful institution," Green continued, "I will never take for the granted the awesome responsibility I have to make a difference in the lives of our students and demonstrate the kind commitment, leadership, and determination for continued progress just like the legends that came before me. While we've made significant progress over the years, there's still a lot of work to be done."
 
Title IX was signed into law June 23, 1972 as part of the Education Amendments Act. It states, "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."
 
After Title IX was implemented, Utah began building the foundation for women's collegiate sports and officially launched programs two years later, beginning with tennis in 1974 and basketball in 1974-75. Programs for volleyball, gymnastics, skiing and softball were ushered in during the 1975-76 athletics year. Cross country and track & field were implemented in 1981 followed by swimming & diving in 1982. Soccer came on board in the fall of 1995 and beach volleyball was added in the spring of 2017.
 
Utah's women's athletics programs rank among the best in the nation. Gymnastics boasts 10 national titles and has finished as the runner-up nine times. Utah is the only program to qualify for all 46 National Gymnastics Championships, has captured the most NCAA All-America awards (379), and has led all of women's college sports in attendance 10 times since 2010.
 
The women's ski team claims one AIAW national title and has combined to win 14 NCAA Championships with the men's team, including the last three. Basketball has received 18 NCAA Tournament berths since 1982, advancing to the Sweet 16 twice and the Elite Eight in 2006. They have won 22 conference championships.
 
Volleyball has participated in 18 of the last 24 NCAA Tournaments with four Sweet 16 finishes. Softball has qualified for the postseason 21 times (16 NCAA Regionals, 2 Super Regionals) and has five College World Series appearances (including four NCAA). Soccer has played in the NCAA Tournament eight times since 2002. Cross country has qualified for the NCAA Championships four times since 2015, and was crowned the 1981 AIAW Division II National Champion.