SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield College is celebrating the anniversary of Title IX and the positive change it’s brought to sports and education.

The year 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of Title IX, an act passed to protect people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance.

“I think a lot of people know it as an athletic act, but really it was an act for equality for education and activities, for women.” Susan Guyer, Dean of Physical Education at Springfield College

Springfield College, known for its student-athletes, took the anniversary as an opportunity to celebrate.
Hosting prizing winning authors and Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame members to speak about this important piece of history.

Student-athletes at Springfield College say understanding the history of women and sports makes playing the game that much more rewarding.

“If we didn’t have it we wouldn’t be here and we wouldn’t be playing basketball, so it’s really important to us.” Stephanie Lyons – Graduate Student & Former Player, Springfield College Women’s Basketball

Stephanie Lyons is getting her graduate degree at Springfield College, she played on the women’s basketball team all four years of her undergraduate career. “we ended our senior year playing at the sweet sixteen in Kentucky and it was really awesome.”

She said the school’s focus on excelling in the classroom, pushed the player to succeed on the court. And what better play than Springfield to play the game at the college level.

“I mean every time we drive under that arch it says birthplace of basketball, it holds you to a higher standard I think.” Stephanie Lyons – Graduate Student & Former Player, Springfield College Women’s Basketball

A college and community celebrating the athletes that pushed for equality and set the ‘Court’ for generations to come.