We celebrate the 45th year of Title IX by highlighting some empowering females in the Wolf Pack Athletics Department.
Because of Title IX: Amy Sprout
Coordinator of Intercollegiate Athletics and the University Sports Complex, Loyola University New Orleans
Finish this sentence: "Because of Title IX, I …"
Because of Title IX, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to participate in the sports of my choice without limitations. Because of my experiences as an athlete on the court and on the field, I developed qualities of strength and leadership that have benefitted me far beyond the playing lines.
How have athletic and academic opportunities afforded to you because of Title IX impacted your life?
Simply put— I would not be where I am or who I am today without the opportunities afforded to me because of Title IX. Not only did the opportunities allow me to become the first person in my family to receive a college degree, but more importantly, the opportunity to be a student-athlete at the college level taught me how to set goals and achieve them through hard work and discipline. I can not think of any life experience that has single-handedly had a greater contribution to helping me develop into a goal-driven individual with a "whatever it takes" mentality— something that I take great pride in and know will benefit me for the rest of my life.
Tell us about a female (coach, professor, mentor, family member, etc.) who championed you in pursuing your athletic/academic/professional goals. How did her influence inspire or affect you and your career?
First of all, it should be known that I have been fortunate to encounter numerous females in the athletic, academic, and professional sectors of my life who have influenced or inspired me in some way to pursue and achieve my goals. However, the one who stands out above all without a doubt is my mom. It is a standing joke in my family that I surely do not get my athletic ability from her, but I would have to argue that she contributed to my athletic success more than she is given credit for. As an athlete, I always took pride in being a "hustle player"— I valued doing the little things and loved doing the dirty work. While I may not have witnessed these qualities in my mom on a court or on a field, I surely witnessed them in her in the game of life. I have never met a harder working or more selfless individual. My mom made countless sacrifices for me growing up to ensure that I received a quality education and never missed an opportunity to participate in any extracurricular activity that I desired. She adjusted her work schedule to make sure I was never late to practice or a game, she worked extra hours to cover my expenses, she gave up her free time to watch me play, and the list could go on and on. However, despite how grateful I am for all of these sacrifices, I think the one thing that I am most thankful for is her unending support. Whether it be in sports or in life in general, she was (and is) ALWAYS there for me— she believed in me even when I did not believe in myself, and I truly would not be where I am without her.
How are you continuing to champion the next generation of women and girls in sports, and raise awareness of the importance of Title IX?
As the coordinator of Intercollegiate Athletics and the University Sports Complex at Loyola University in New Orleans, I am fortunate to work in an environment where I have the opportunity to interact with numerous young women involved in sports. As a young professional in the field of athletics, I embrace the opportunity to serve as a role model and example of how you can turn a passion into a career. Additionally, because I still consider myself as part of the "younger generation" of female athletes in today's society, I know that it is easy to take the privileges afforded to female athletes today for granted. Therefore, I assume responsibility to spread awareness among my peers and encourage them to learn the history. I think awareness is key— once awareness is created, appreciation and respect are likely to develop, which will hopefully inspire them to join me in my effort keep this knowledge spreading from generation to generation.
If you could send an empowering tweet to every woman and girl across the country, what would you send?
Why not you? Why not now? #NoLimits
For more information on the history and current state of Title IX: https://youtu.be/Vx0714i-fDg
Please click the following link for more information regarding the "Because of Title IX…" initiative: http://bit.ly/2pLy33J