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College Sports Council launches a Title IX online letter writing project

By Gary Abbott | Jan. 02, 2003, 12 a.m. (ET)
The College Sports Council, a national organization of sports organizations, has initiated a new "Write a Letter to the Editor or an Op-ed Editorial" campaign concerning Title IX. Using the College Sports Council web page, users can use an automated program to send email letters to newspapers across the country concerning the major problems with current Title IX enforcement. "If you are looking for a New Year's Resolution, here is a meaningful one for you to consider," said Jamie Moffatt, Executive Director of the College Sports Council. "You can help the cause of the many male college athletes that are in danger of losing their college sports opportunity due to the proportionality prong of Title IX by joining our nation-wide campaign." You can visit the College Sports Council's webpage at http://www.savingsports.org When you go to the College Sports Council page, click on the "Take Action" button. Then select the "Write Editorial" option. A screen will appear where you can write your opinion, and enter your name, address, and email address. After you have finished, click "Submit." A listing of all the newspapers in your zip code and surrounding 100 mile or so radius will appear. You can select one, several, or all of the newspapers to receive your letter. Once you have checked off the intended recipients, your letter will be automatically sent via email. This kind of online letter writing campaign has been used by special interest groups that are seeking the retain the current Title IX quota system. "This is now a relatively easy task and one that will help counteract the massive media campaign that the women's gender quota advocacy groups have mounted," said Moffatt. The College Sports Council web page is also full of updated news and information that will help you to write the most effective letter or editorial possible. "The media and the public need to be made aware of the true, hard facts about the harmful consequences of proportionality," said Moffatt. "You can make a difference in informing the media and public about the truth surrounding Title IX. Remember, Title IX is a good law, it is just poorly regulated with the proportionality criteria." While you are on the College Sports Council web page, you can also sign up to receive regular email updates from the organization on the current Title IX issue, as well as more ways that you can personally make a difference in the public debate. The College Sports Council is devoted to advancing the student athlete ideal through the cooperative efforts of coaching associations, alumni and parent groups, and educational institutions to support broad-based intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women. The College Sports Council's goal is to promote the preservation and educational ideals of collegiate sports and to promote the interests of student-athletes and coaches. College Sports Council member organizations include: College Gymnastics Association; College Swimming Coaches Association of America; National Wrestling Coaches Association; Golf Coaches Association of America; United States Track Coaches Association. TITLE IX FACTS (included in the College Sports Council email update) * In 1985 there were 253 male athletes per NCAA campus. By 2001 this had number declined to 199 male athletes per NCAA campus. * There are currently 600 more women's teams than men's teams in the NCAA. This is after a decade of proportionality that has caused the loss of thousands of male athletes through forced squad size reductions and the dropping almost 400 men's teams. * In 1979, there were 107 men's gymnastics teams at NCAA schools; there are now just 20 men's college teams. * Participants in collegiate intramural sports, which are totally interest-driven, are about 78% male. * Track and Field has lost over 91 men's intercollegiate programs since 1991. * There are 185 total schools that have some Division I Swimming program. 140 schools have both a Men's and a Women's program. One college has a Men's team, but no Women*s team. There are 44 schools that have a Women's program and not a Men's program. Thus, Women's programs have a 'net' 43 school advantage or 30% (nearly one-third ) more schools with a Swimming scholarship opportunity. * With males projected to be only 41% of college students by 2009 it is clear that proportionality will mean that men will only have half as many NCAA teams as women - and that this will entail the elimination of anywhere from a third to a half of NCAA male athletes. * The gender quota advocate groups will lead you to believe that excessive spending for football is the real problem, not the quota. Well, how do they explain that at the three colleges in the State of New Jersey that most recently dropped their wrestling program - Seton Hall, Rutgers-Camden and Rutgers-Trenton, none of these had a varsity football program. They can't. Football is clearly not the reason that men are losing entire teams and walk-on opportunities, but the gender quota advocates just do not want to accept that. * Approximately 440 men's college wrestling teams have been eliminated between 1972 and 2000.
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