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Do the T9 Countdown – Day 4: Show Off Those Battle Scars!

Countdown to Title IX Anniversary

Day 4: Show Off Those Battle Scars!

Former athletes, surgery sufferers, and daredevils of the world rejoice!  Today is the day to show off scarred knees, elbows, chins, shins – you name it!  If you’ve earned yourself a battle scar, we want to see it and hear the story behind it. In the words of Katy, whose well-loved knees you see below:

 


Ode to some well-used knees…

At age 13 it all began,
for an active girl who ran and ran.

 2 ACLs, a meniscus tear or two,
she didn’t cry or whine boo-hoo.

State HS basketball titles and DII ball,
took a few more surgeries, after all.

 6 hard years of rugby next were up,
even to London for the Nations Cup!

Today it’s boats, boards, and bikes,
anything active that she likes!

 The battle wounds and scars you see,
just tell the tale, don’t you agree?

 

 

Sure, they might be a bit unsightly to some, but if you ask us, plates, cadaver parts, and pins only help to make you a little more bionic so you can keep you doing what you love.  Share a picture and/or your story and you could win a Limited Edition Power of 9 Tee and Title Nine Water Bottle.  So come one, come all, to the showing of the scars that prove you’ve jumped, fallen, and gotten right back up. Don’t wait, get entered>

 

Countdown to Title IX Anniversary - Prizes

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Title Nine - 40 Years
40 years ago Congress signed landmark legislation, Title IX, attacking the gender divide in sports. Today that divide has been virtually erased. In 1972, only 30,000 girls participated in high school sports. Today it’s over 3,000,000!! Because many of us here at Title Nine, including our founder, were there in the early years, we think there’s a lot to celebrate this year.

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Do the T9 Countdown – Day 3: Show Us Your Team

Title IX Anniversary Countdown

Day 3: Show Us Your Team!

Admit it – you couldn’t have gotten where you are today without a little help along the way.  Be it family or friends, teammates, teachers or pets we’ve all had someone who’s backed us up and kept us going when all we wanted to do was get cozy with Ben & Jerry.  You can’t thank them enough, so here’s your chance to show them off!

T9 Challenge - What's Your Team?

The Payoff: Love ‘em or hate ‘em (sometimes both), your team has picked you up, pushed you forward, and made you a better you.  And we want to hear about ‘em!  Share your story and/or photo below and you could win a Limited Edition Power of 9 Tee and Title Nine Water Bottle.  Remember, a team is a team, no matter what form it may take, so brag about Fido, your knitting group, or your roller derby girls.  They’ve earned it! Don’t wait, get entered>

Countdown to Title IX Anniversary - Prizes

*Prize awarded based on availability. A substitute prize of equal or greater value may be awarded.

Title Nine - 40 Years

40 years ago Congress signed landmark legislation, Title IX, attacking the gender divide in sports. Today that divide has been virtually erased. In 1972, only 30,000 girls participated in high school sports. Today it’s over 3,000,000!! Because many of us here at Title Nine, including our founder, were there in the early years, we think there’s a lot to celebrate this year.

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Do the T9 Countdown – Day 2: Comfort Zone

40 Years of Title IX

Day 2: What’s your new comfort zone?

We all know it’s easy to sidle up to what’s easy, but what have you done lately to push yourself to the next level?   Have you been running two miles instead of one?  Are you biking the whole trail instead of half?  Can you hold that headstand without the wall behind ya?  Whatever it is, we want to know about your new comfort zone. How are you challenging yourself to be your best self? 

Title Nine takes on the Ragnar Race Title Nine takes on the Ragnar Race T9ers Pushing Beyong the Comfort Zone

T9’s formula for pushing beyond our comfort zone:
Push, Recover, Celebrate!

The Payoff: If you still need that extra boost to pick up the pace, use us as an excuse!  There could be a great prize if you do.  Share your story and/or a photo of how you’ve made a former challenge your new norm and you could win a limited edition Power of 9 Tee and Title Nine water bottle.  Remember, any improvement counts as long as you’re pushing yourself out of your comfort zone.  As always, we give extra points for keeping it Title Nine. Don’t wait, get entered>

Countdown to Title IX Anniversary - Prizes

* Prize awarded based on availability –a substitute prize of equal or greater value may be awarded.

Title Nine - 40 Years
40 years ago Congress signed landmark legislation, Title IX, attacking the gender divide in sports. Today that divide has been virtually erased. In 1972, only 30,000 girls participated in high school sports. Today it’s over 3,000,000!! Because many of us here at Title Nine, including our founder, were there in the early years, we think there’s a lot to celebrate this year.

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Do the T9 Countdown – Day 1: Wall Sit

Countdown to Title IX Anniversary

Day 1: Show Us Your Best Wall Sit!

Oh, we know they burn, but this time, you could get a prize for your pain.

The Challenge:  We want to see what you can do, so take a picture of yourself doing a perfect wall sit and hold it for as long as you possibly can.  Then post your picture and/or your time and get entered to win!

T9ers do a wall sit!

Check us out!  We’ve got our wall sit dialed in – Don’t forget your form!
90 degree angles in your legs and no hands on the knees are key


The Payoff
: One winner will be selected to receive a limited edition Power of 9 Tee of her choice and a Title Nine water bottle.  Keep in mind, there will be points for location, creativity, and keeping it Title IX. So get sittin’ and show us what those legs can do! Don’t wait, get entered>

Countdown to Title IX Anniversary - Prizes

*Prize awarded based on availability. A substitute prize of equal or greater value may be awarded.

Title Nine - 40 Years
40 years ago Congress signed landmark legislation, Title IX, attacking the gender divide in sports. Today that divide has been virtually erased. In 1972, only 30,000 girls participated in high school sports. Today it’s over 3,000,000!! Because many of us here at Title Nine, including our founder, were there in the early years, we think there’s a lot to celebrate this year.

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Get on The Bus

Faith Nelson gets up before 5am to drive a school bus for special needs high school students. She’s also the single mom of three kids of her own. “I’m a deeply curious person,” she says, “attempting to live my life in a way that leaves no room for regret.”

That sort of courage didn’t always apply to physical feats. “I was as far from athletic as you could get as a kid. I had asthma and it made me nervous about running around too much.” It wasn’t until she was twenty-one and pregnant with her second child that Faith started learning the value of exercise. She’d decided on a natural childbirth, and all the books she read stressed the importance of being fit and flexible. Out came the yoga videos, and long, fast-paced walks.

“Childbirth this time was so different. I felt incredibly strong when it was over. Something inside of me clicked and I realized that I was physically capable of so much more than I’d thought.” She took up running.

Fast-forward a dozen years to last October, when Faith ran her first half marathon. Although a foot injury has her sidelined, she plans to start training for a full marathon soon. Her usual regimen is to run three times a week (two to five miles), plus two or three days of yoga, and two of strength training. That’s a lot for many of us, but how does she pull it off?

“It can be very hard,” Faith says. “Taking advantage of lunch breaks can be a great way to get in a workout. But sometimes it’s just a matter of running out the door before I have a chance to think about it too much.” She also makes exercise a family affair: “A lot of the time I can drag one or two of them down to the beach. They’ll roller-skate or ride their scooter while I run.” Walking is always a plus: “Moving is so important and there are opportunities all throughout the day to do that.”

None of which would work without the right attitude. “I used to think I was supposed to have a strict schedule, but one thing I’ve learned as a single mother is that real life just doesn’t work that way. When it matters, you find a way. And on the flip side, when life gets ahead of you and you miss a week, you shrug it off and start over again.”

And the result? “I’ve learned to appreciate the journey as opposed to ‘results.’ Running has changed me in such fundamental ways. It has taught me the beauty of the process.” Still, some results are undeniable. “It feels good to think about how I went from a kid who couldn’t even run a mile to a thirty-three-year-old, single, working mother of three who has run thirteen. I’m the strongest and healthiest I’ve ever been, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.”

Stats

 

Home: Long Beach, CA
Occupation: School Bus Driver
Education: Some college, Psychology Major
Partner: Single
Children: Three, ages 16, 12, and 8
Age: 33
Height: 5’2’’
Weight: 115
Sports, past and present: Running, swimming.
Athletic accomplishments: Half marathon.
Little known fact about you: I can stand on my hands and do backbends pretty well.
Environmentally incorrect preference: I take too long in the shower.
Guilty pleasure: Coffee overload on the weekends.
Most embarrassing moment: Never.
Greatest triumph: Every day that I can be true to myself and love the people in my life with everything I’ve got is a triumph.
Favorite thing to do when not working or working out: Relaxing with my family and friends.

Moment of Inspiration: Warming up at the starting line with thousands of people at my first half marathon. I felt so connected to them. I saw our diversity, and I realized we’re all on our own personal journey. It was beautiful.

Favorite Quote: “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” —Anais Nin

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Before my injury: Two or three, three-mile runs during the week, and a longer five-mile run on the weekend. Two or three days of yoga. Two days of strength training. Whenever I could fit it in.

 

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