Female athletes converge to discuss their position in the world of sports
By biconews On 8 Feb, 2000 At 05:00 AM | Categorized As Archives | With 0 Comments

By Rachel Johnson

From Friday, Jan. 21 through Sunday, Jan. 23, one or two undergraduate women from each of the Centennial Conference institutions converged at Ursinus College for the Snell Symposium.

Among the participants were Bryn Mawr’s Katie Martin ’00 and Alison Ayers ’02 and Haverford’s Lindsay Carey ’00.

The purpose of the symposium was to attract female college athletes to the field of coaching. The symposium’s other objective was to make women athletes aware of their vital position in the sports world.

The group discussed the history of women’s athletics, as well as the precarious situation of women’s sports. Legal issues and legislation surrounding this situation, including the Title Nine Bill which states that federal assistance for sports teams must be distributed evenly between men’s and women’s sports, also emerged during the discussion.

One major concern was the possibility of losing funding if the government does not continue to support the bill. “It was shocking,” said Martin, “to realize that it’s not just play, that it’s possible to lose all of our funding. We could lose our teams.”

Speakers at the symposium included Donna Lopiano, the president of the Women’s Sports Foundation. Charlotte West, the former president of the AIAW and the Director of Athletics at the University of Iowa, and various coaches and athletic directors from the Centennial Conference. Jen Shillingford, former Head of Athletics at Bryn Mawr College and president of the United States Field Hockey Association, was responsible for organizing the symposium. Look for Katie Martin’s and Alison Ayers’ presentation on the Snell Symposium later in this semester.

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