The revolutionary movement to bring equal funding for men and women's sports is about to take another major turn. Funding is proportionate to school enrollment. Studies show soon women will out number men on college campuses. Under "Title Nine," does that mean more funding for women's sports? Would some men's sports have to be cut?
This week dozens of East Texas girls are enjoying local basketball camps and most of them aren't thinking twice that there was a time when women didn't even play basketball. Afterall, it was only ten years ago when the Women's National Basketball Association or WNBA was formed.
Former Houston Comet Monica Lamb was a part of that history. She's conducting basketball summer camps all around East Texas. "There is such a disparity in terms of funding for programs and it's on thing to mandate change or mandate quality and that's always a good start, but it's going to have to come from the heart because that's where the real change is. we have to develop as parents and guardians of young people, we'll have to develop to the point that we all understand that our girls are just as important as boys, we treat them as such and we devote the time and dedication as such and yes the dollars as well."
SFA Head Basketball Coach Lee Ann Riley says women's sports have come a long way, but she knows there's still a ways to go when it comes to women and men's sports. "There may be debate on fairness of title nine, but there's no doubt on how far it's brought women's athletics. I think for me personally Title Nine is my career as growing up, I'm dating myself now, we might not have had all the opportunities. I know there wasn't softball in my high school and soccer a lot of opportunities. The girl's today, they don't even think about it, they just think it's normal for girls' growing up, they have all these opportunities."
But now the question comes with enrollment on college campuses. If more women are enrolled, does that mean that more funding should go to them? And, what does that mean for the future of men's sports? Would they lose funding and lose programs? "If that's an issue then it definitely needs to be re-evaluated. Will Title Nine change much as far as the increasing number of women on college campuses compared to men? Who knows, I don't know," said Coach Troy Carroll, Iola High School.
Whatever lies ahead for the future is difficult to say, but one thing is for sure, the equality of women and men's sports represented in schools is fairer now than it was previous to the passage of Title Nine.