Nashville, Tenn. – On Thursday the Ohio Valley Conference held a luncheon for Tennessee State Athletics Director Teresa Phillips and a handful of the league’s other distinguished females.
The prestigious event provided a fitting end to the conference’s year-long celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Title IX.
Last June, each of the OVC's 12-member institutions identified a pioneer in women's athletics from their school to be honored during the year and celebrated at a home athletic event on their campus.
On Thursday nine of those honorees including Phillips were in attendance at the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Nashville to be honored as part of the OVC Spring Meetings.
“The OVC has a rich history of women’s athletics along with a bright future thanks to the commitment, passion and contribution of the trailblazers the conference is honoring as part of its Title IX celebration.” said OVC Commissioner Beth DeBauche. “It is important to take time to appreciate the progress that has been made on the playing fields and in the classrooms as a result of the adoption of Title IX and commit to ensuring students of either gender are not subject to any sort of discrimination under any education program or activity.”
Title IX is a portion of the Education Amendments of 1972 and states:
“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.”