Jessica Gavora letter seeking support for College Sports Council

By Jessica Gavora | Dec. 27, 2006, 3:33 p.m. (ET)
Dear Friend of the College Sports Council:

I'm writing to you to ask for your help at a critical time in the history of collegiate athletics.

As many of you know, on September 29, James Madison University announced that it was cutting 10 athletic teams in order to comply with Title IX. James Madison's action came on the heels of announcements made over the past year that Rutgers, Fresno State and Slippery Rock University were also cutting teams. We now see an alarming trend of schools dropping multiple teams at the same time, making the Title IX carnage count grow at a precipitous rate. Tragically, when teams are cut, dedicated, talented young athletes suddenly have no future in their sports.

I have been studying and writing about Title IX for a decade now, and I can honestly say that we are at a watershed moment in the history of the law. Athletes, coaches, parents, and university administrators who have for years been victimized in silence by Title IX's gender quotas are beginning to speak with a new candor and new clarity about this misapplication of the law.

In the JMU case, the CSC worked with the affected students and parents to organize a rally held at the US Department of Education and to shape the media coverage of the event, to keep the focus on Title IX instead of the usual distractions like football and finances thrown up by gender quota advocates, and to bring that message to where it counts- our national policy makers in Washington, D.C.

Because our opponents, supporters of gender quotas like the trial lawyers associations, have full-time staffs in Washington, D.C. working everyday on their issues, the CSC needs to grow, so it too can advocate full time for all the athletes and coaches hurt by the gender quota. The CSC is absolutely essential to the growing national movement to reform Title IX. The CSC has the expertise to influence the media coverage that will determine the future of Title IX as well as the contacts with the legislators and the policy makers who can bring about the change that is so desperately needed.

In 2007, the CSC will celebrate its fifth birthday. We're young, especially compared to the 1970s vintage special interests we do battle with everyday, but in Title IX politics, as in sports, youth has its advantages. We are the voice of a new generation of athletes, parents, and coaches who are dedicated to one thing: creating and protecting opportunities for student-athletes. We accomplished a lot in 2006, but our goals for 2007 are even bigger. We need to do more to help the teams threatened with elimination, and funding is crucial in order to expand our efforts.

After a decade of disappointments for thousands of dedicated athletes, change is in the air. Act now to be a part of it. Please support the College Sports Council and make a donation today. [Click here for online donations.]

The CSC receives no government funding and relies entirely on private donors who share our commitment to saving collegiate sports teams and reforming Title IX. Your contribution can make a BIG difference!

Jessica Gavora
Communications Director

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