Women have made great strides since Title IX banned sex discrimination in any educational program receiving federal funding. This piece of legislation signed by President Nixon in 1972 encouraged thousands of young women, once sidelined, to lace up their shoes, grab their gear and change history.
Today, your daughter doesn't think about past limitations. She just focuses on her goal while playing on the field, track, court or pool. It seems Dick's Sporting Goods, a national sporting gear retail chain forgot about it too, and has been called to the mat by a young female athlete.
"I have received your Basketball 2014 catalog in the mail... There are NO girls in the catalog! ... Girls buy stuff from your store. In fact, my last two pairs of basketball shoes were purchased at Dick's, as well as my hoop and practice equipment... It's hard enough for girls to break through in this sport as it is, without you guys excluding us from your catalog."
"I'm sorry, we clearly messed up and I can personally guarantee that next year's catalog will prominently feature female athletes, as it should have this year... As a dad and former coach, I understand firsthand the importance of youth sports for all kids. I have a trip planned to visit our stores in Arizona in the next few weeks. If you and your parents are open to it, I would welcome the opportunity to meet you and apologize in person."
J'Nel is a Contributing Editor at FamilyShare.com. When she isn't writing or editing, she is strongly encouraging uncooperative family members to pose for photos, golfing, playing outdoors or reading. While working on degrees in English and Social Work, she visited French Polynesia, parts of South America, Egypt, Indonesia, Europe, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, and much of the United States. She remained in town long enough to earn a BA in English from the University of Utah. J'Nel's motto: Have suitcase. Will travel.