June 23 marks the 40th anniversary of Title IX, a piece of legislation that opened doors for girls and women all over the country to play the sports they love for their schools and universities.
Missy Park’s retail company Title Nine celebrates this huge advancement for women by selling stylish and comfortable sports and leisure clothing and funding the nonprofit The Starting Block, which provides grant money to organizations helping at-risk girls get involved in sports and fitness.
In honor of the legislation’s anniversary, Title Nine is partnering with women’s running apparel company Oiselle and female designers from around the country to create a line of limited edition t-shirts that visually express what Title IX has done for women in this country. Park played basketball at Yale, and today, her company is the largest retailer in the country owned and run by women. She credits Title IX with giving her the confidence and experience to create her own business and believes her athletic activities taught her lessons she uses in her life every day.
According to the Title Nine website, since 1972 the number of high school girls competing in sports has increased from 1 in 27 to 1 in 2.5 and the percentage of law degrees being issued to women has risen from 7 to 47. As athletes we all know that playing our sport allows us to develop into the best people we can be. Check out Title Nine’s website to see the t-shirt designs and help celebrate Title IX and support The Starting Block.
$35, Title Nine
9% of the sales of these tees will go to Starting Block, which helps girls all over the country get into the game.
Originally published in June 2012