COLLEGE SPORTS COUNCIL
Press Release Contact: Eric McErlain (202) 904-2416
Olympic Greats John Naber, Peter Vidmar, Dan Gable,and Cael
Sanderson, join with Actor Billy Baldwin Calling for 'Common Sense
'reform of Title IX
Washington, D.C., August 4, 2008 ? Over 25 U.S. Olympians and over 35
NCAA Champions have endorsed a College Sports Council petition calling
on the U.S. Congress to enact common sense reform of the federal
regulations governing Title IX compliance.
As of today, U.S. Olympic champions John Naber (4x Gold, Swimming,
1976), Peter Vidmar (Gold, Gymnastics, 1984), Dan Gable (Gold,
Freestyle Wrestling, 1972) and Cael Sanderson (Gold, Freestyle
Wrestling, 2004) as well as actor Billy Baldwin, who wrestled in
college at SUNY Binghamton have signed the petition.
" I support the CSC's efforts to reform Title IX, so that the law can
continue to protect women from discrimination, but without harming
men. If we don't reform the current regulations that govern Title IX,
we will continue to see more athletic programs eliminated, and that
would be a tragic loss," said Olympic swimming legend John Naber.
On June 23, 2008, the CSC launched a national petition drive on the
36th anniversary of the passage of Title IX calling on men and women
to work together to effect "straightforward and common-sense" reform
to the law's enforcement mechanism in college athletics.
The text of the petition reads:
WHEREAS ? Men's collegiate athletic teams are being eliminated and
rosters are being capped at an alarming rate in order to comply with
the "proportionality" enforcement prong ...
WHEREAS ? Women collegiate athletes are being robbed of their
training partners, teammates and biggest supporters when men's teams
are eliminated ...
WHEREAS ? Straightforward and common-sense fixes to the enforcement
mechanism are already available ? such as a simple survey that would
allow any student, male or female, to express interest and be given
WHEREAS ... The law's current method of enforcement is discriminating
against male athletes and artificially limiting opportunities to
WHEREAS ... The current tenor of the debate over the future of Title
IX sets up a zero sum contest pitting men against women that hurts the
collective cause of all college athletes ...
BE IT RESOLVED ... That men and women across the country come together
to discuss and implement a set of common sense reforms to Title IX
enforcement that maximizes the opportunities of all college athletes
regardless of gender.
WE THE UNDERSIGNED ...
The petition can be signed online at:
The College Sports Council is a national coalition of coaches,
parents, athletes, and alumni devoted to the preservation and
promotion of the student athlete experience.
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