Title IX
50 Weeks, 50 Stories - Starting June 23rd the KSHSAA will celebrate the 50th year of Title IX, when Congress proclaimed that "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance." Kansas has benefited many times over from the inclusion of women and girls in high school activities. The stories to come will highlight the legends and trail blazers that we are so fortunate to have in Kansas. We are grateful to partner with WIN for KC, an organization with the mission to empower the lives of girls and women by advocating and promoting the lifetime value of sports through opportunities for participation and leadership development. WIN for KC and the KSHSAA believe involvement in activities and sports lay the ground work for supporting well-rounded citizens in our communities and beyond. For more on WIN for KC visit: https://www.sportkc.org/win-for-kc

Adrianna Franch - Salina South HS
Adrianna Franch, a Salina native and Salina South graduate, has been among the top goalkeepers in this country over the last five years. She has represented the United States in both the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2019 and is now on her first Olympic roster as a member of the U.S. team playing in Japan this summer. [ continue ]

'Once a KAY, Always a Kay'
Cheryl Gleason has been a part of the Kansas Association for Youth (KAY) for a half-century as a student camper, camp staffer and, for the last three-plus decades, the state director. Gleason's passion and enthusiasm for the KAY program has never wavered. Her commitment is as strong as ever as she enters her final few weeks working for the Kansas State High School Activities Association. [ continue ]

Women in Officiating
It was 1990, and Fran Martin was coaching the El Dorado High School girls basketball team during the midseason Lady Wildcat Classic. As Martin's team took the floor, she noticed something unique about the referee crew - it was all female. [ continue ]

Guest Essay - Patty Dick
Patty Dick was a fixture on the Washburn Lady Blues' sideline for 23 years before retiring following the 1999-2000 season. She was inducted into the Washburn Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001-02. She was an athlete, teacher and coach at Washburn Rural HS. Patty wrote about her story in athletics... [ continue ]

Administrators, Leading the Way
If high school sports were effectively a boys club prior to 1972, they would be no longer, thanks to the enactment of Title IX. That meant opportunities for girls in all activities, and it also mean opportunities for women in the administration of those activities. Women like Cheryl Gleason and Charlotte Davis, who saw their athletic opportunities limited while in high school prior to Title IX, were some of the earliest administrators in Kansas high school sports once that door opened. [ continue ]

KSHSAA To Honor the 50th Year of Title IX
The late Janell Smith-Carson of Fredonia was arguably the greatest high school female track and field athlete Kansas has ever produced. But, Smith never won a medal at the Kansas State High School Activities Association's state track and field meet in Wichita. In fact, she never competed in the state meet at all despite still owning the all-time state record of 52.3 seconds in the 400-meter dash and one of the best marks ever - nearly 20 feet - in the girls' long jump. [ continue ]



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