SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Next month, the Basketball Hall of Fame and the Springfield Public Forum will be celebrating the legacy and impact of Title IX.

This legislation, which was signed into law by President Richard Nixon in 1972, prohibits discrimination based on sex education programs and activities that receive federal funding.

Nancy Lieberman, a Basketball Hall of Famer said the legislation changed the lives of millions of girls.

Speaking at a news conference on Tuesday to announce the event, Michelle Morash, the Executive Director of the Springfield Public Forums, says the all-star panel discussion is a way to engage in the discourse surrounding the legislation and talk about the impact it has.

“This event is an extraordinary way to commemorate its profound impact, and discuss the work still to be done,” Morash said. “This event aligns perfectly with our goals to both look back and look ahead.”

The event, which is free to the public, will take place on Tuesday, June 21 at 7:00 P.M. at Springfield Symphony Hall. It will feature two panels, the first will discuss the state of women’s basketball prior to Title IX, the advocacy for the legislation, and the process of its implementation.

·      Jody Conradt: 1998 Hall of Fame Inductee, former Women’s Coach at the University of Texas with over 900 collegiate wins, a 1986 NCAA Championship and 21 NCAA Tournament Appearances

·      Donna Lopiano: Chief Executive Officer of the Women’s Sports Foundation from 1992-2007 and in that role ensured collegiate compliance with Title IX legislation

·      Sylvia Hatchell: 2013 Hall of Fame Inductee Sylvia Hatchell, former Women’s Coach at the University of North Carolina earning a NCAA National Championship in 1994 and an Olympic Gold Medal in 1988

·      Nancy Lieberman: 1996 Hall of Fame Inductee Nancy Lieberman, 2X Collegiate National Championship player, 3X College All American, distinguished pro career spanning 28 years, and the first woman to play on a Men’s Professional Basketball Team. One of basketball’s most decorated athletes of all time.

The second panel will discuss the effect Title IX has had on women’s athletics today, and the work to ensure equality in the future. Panelists for that discussion are:

·      Cheryl Miller: 1995 Hall of Fame Inductee, 2X National Collegiate Champion, 4X Collegiate All American, 3X College Player of the Year and1984 Olympic Gold Medal Winner

·      Carol Stiff: One of ESPN’s most senior women executives, largely responsible for ESPN’s commitment to showcasing women’s sports across all platforms

·      Tara VanDerveer: 2011 Hall of Fame Inductee, current Women’s Coach at Stanford University with 3 NCAA National Championships, 5X NCAA Coach of the Year honors, and currently owns the most wins of any coach in Women’s Collegiate Basketball History

·      Morgan Tuck: UConn standout player, 4 time NCAA National Champion, USA Basketball Gold Medalist and former WNBA Player for the Connecticut Sun and Seattle Storm