She’s the Man(n)

Utah’s Dixie State University Has a Man(n) on Its Women’s Basketball Team

By Ken K. Gourdin

I noticed a blurb in the sports section of the January 1 edition of The Deseret News regarding the performance of a student-athlete at one of the state’s institutions of higher learning. (All links last accessed January 1, 2015). For this young Man(n)’s statistics, biography, and other information, see here: http://dixieathletics.com/cumestats.aspx?path=wbball&year=2014.

What are the implications for Title IX, the federal statute mandating equal education opportunity for men and women, including equal opportunity in interscholastic sports? (This site seems to be rather agenda driven; there are lies, damn lies, and statistics; its sources may be suspect; and its interpretation of the data may likewise suffer from the same defect, but it does serve to illustrate Title IX’s purported purposes: http://www.titleix.info/10-Key-Areas-of-Title-IX/Athletics.aspx.)

This is off-topic, but – while I can understand why the University eschewed the former name of its athletic teams, the Rebels – does anyone else gag at its current appellation, the “Red Storm”? Uuy!

At any rate, best of luck to the young Man(n) in her pursuit of her athletic dreams.

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About kenngo1969

Just as others must breathe to live, I must write. I have been writing creatively almost ever since I learned to write, period! I have written fiction, book- and article-length nonfiction, award-winning poetry, news, sports, features, and op-eds. I hope, one day, to write some motivational nonfiction, a decent-selling novel, a stage play, and a screen play.
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