Located 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii, the National Park of American Samoa is the most remote unit of the National Park System and the U.S. National Park south of the Equator. The Park spreads across three islands, 9,500 acres of tropical rainforest, and 4,000 acres of ocean, including coral reefs. While remote, the islands of American Samoa, true to the meaning of the word Samoa (Islands of Sacred Earth), are welcoming and offer beautiful landscapes and centuries of culture and history.
Seasoned backpacker and adventurer Yang Lu earned the grand prize in the 2015 Share the Experience photo contest with this image of a sunburst captured at sunrise in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah. Yang has made the outdoors part of his daily life and finds deep connection to the land through his lens.
“My photography is not just for recreation, it is to inspire people to explore these areas." -- Yang Lu
Photo by Yang Lu (www.sharetheexperience.org).
The plantings of cherry trees originated in 1912 as a gift of friendship to the People of the United States from the People of Japan. In Japan, the flowering cherry tree, or "Sakura," is an exalted flowering plant. The beauty of the cherry blossom is a potent symbol equated with the evanescence of human life and epitomizes the transformation of Japanese culture throughout the ages.
Title IX Celebration Basketball Game to Feature Cabinet Officials, Women's Basketball Players and Coaches from Local Universities and WNBA Players
Last edited 4/27/2016
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.
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
GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
Jonathan Tsipis, Head Coach
Jessica Bernheim, Assistant Director of Athletics Communications
Tasha Harris, Director of Women's Basketball Operations
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