I’m a Title IX girl. Signed into law by President Nixon in 1972, it reads "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.” I was 11 when the regulations became effective in 1975. Despite opposition to Title IX in the courts and inconsistent compliance on them, strong and talented female scholarship athletes began to emerge from the shadows and on to the center of courts, pools, fields and tracks in universities throughout the country. The words “athletics” or “sports” are never mentioned, yet the effect of Title IX on female athletes is remarkable. By 1978, I was nearly 6 feet tall and ripping down offensive boards at Olympian Nancy Dunkle’s summer basketball camp, one of over 100 girls with newly possible college hoop dreams. In 1982, the strong, talented female scholarship athlete nervously awaiting her first collegiate jump ball was me.