Abington athletes past, present to discuss Title IX legacy

Fifty years ago, 3.7 million boys played high school sports. Less than 300,000 girls did the same. 

Today,  4.5 million boys don their school colors. So do 3.4 million girls.

Title IX didn’t start specifically as a way to grow girls sports; it was about outlawing gender discrimination in education. But 50 years after the law’s passage, one of its biggest legacies can be found in the tens of millions of female student athletes who have been able to compete for their schools.

Abington High School will celebrate the law – and its impact on the school’s athletic program – during a special forum Wednesday, June 15 at 6:30 p.m., in the auditorium.

Kate Casey, Abington’s wellness director and girls varsity soccer coach, is coordinating the event on the suggestion of Athletic Director Peter Serino.

“Having been an athlete at Abington and at the collegiate level, I benefited from Title IX and I want be sure to share the history of the law with others,” Casey said. “I hope the attendees learn about the law and the importance of the law and how far things have come since the law passed. I also want attendees to be sure to continue to advocate for equal rights for all.”

The Title IX forum will feature a video by Faith Ryan, ’22, a two-sport Green Wave athlete, and winner of this year’s Athletic Department Award and Jeff Kent Sportsmanship Award.

The program will feature a video produced by Faith Ryan (Class of 2022). There will also be a panel discussion with current Abington High student athletes Ryan ’22, Ella Williamson (2024), Calli Pineau (2024), Molly Buccigross (2024), and Natalie Van Luling (2024), and prominent Green Wave alumnae and athletic standouts Eileen Walls (1971), Nicole Parent Haughey (1989), Kelsea Cheney (2009), Mackenzie Gillis (2013), and Lauren Keleher (2020).

The event is free to the public. An ice cream social will follow the program. 

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