Title IX Celebration Basketball Game to Feature Cabinet Officials, Women's Basketball Players and Coaches from Local Universities and WNBA Players


Contact: Press Office, Dept. of Education: 202-401-1576
Adam Fetcher (DOI) 202-208-6416

WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, other Cabinet officials and invited guests will participate in a “Title IX Celebration Basketball Game” Thursday, June 21, at the Department of the Interior in Washington D.C.

Secretary Duncan, Secretary Salazar, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, members from the women’s basketball teams of Georgetown, George Washington and Howard Universities, and current and former WNBA players will commemorate the passage 40 years ago of Title IX, a bill that opened the doors to millions of women competing in interscholastic and intercollegiate sports as never before.

Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in all education programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance.

On June 23, 1972, President Richard Nixon signed the bill into law that has been credited for putting women on a much more equal footing in opportunities both in the classroom and on the sporting field. The law also protects females from sexual harassment and assaults on campus.

At Thursday’s event, participants will play a series of half-court basketball games at the Interior Department’s gymnasium near the White House. Credentialed members of the media are welcome to attend the game, and participants will be available for press interviews about their own perspectives on Title IX and its significance.

WHO: Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services
Susan Rice, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
Karen G. Mills, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration
Kaya Henderson, Chancellor of District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS)
Dana Fink, former University of Illinois women's wheelchair basketball player

Chamique Holdsclaw*
Dominique Canty
Carma Hammuck

Tara Booker*
Brooke Wilson*
Megan Nipe*
Jonathan Tsipis, Head Coach
Jessica Bernheim, Assistant Director of Athletics Communications

Samisha Powell*
Andrea White*
Tashauna Rodgers*
Sydney Wilson*
Tasha Harris, Director of Women's Basketball Operations

Cabria Johnson*
Tamoria Holmes*
Niki Reid Geckeler*, Head Coach
James Simmons, Associate Head Coach
Louis Perkins, Athelic Director
*Indicates players, others are attendees
“Title IX Celebration Basketball Game” to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Title IX
5:30-7 p.m. ET Thursday, June 21, 2012
WHERE: Department of the Interior gymnasium
1849 C St., N.W.
Washington, DC
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