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Coaches of T9

The team at Title Nine has many players -- and many coaches. Our own athletic and personal lives have been shaped and influenced by coaches we've had, making the decision to embark on the same path an important one. We look up to those who lead the way for us: it's time for us to lead the way for the next generation. Do YOU coach? Tell us why below.   Coaches of T9

Bras for the Ho’opa

As part of our Starting Block program here at Title Nine, the Bra Brigade functions to provide sports bras to girls who haven't had the opportunity to experience solid, comfortable support. We've connected with everyone from a local high school running club to breast cancer survivors training for a triathlon. In this particular case we worked with the parents and coaches for the Ho'opa girls volleyball team in Hawaii to get them fitted for their new bras. The girls then went on to compete in nationals on the mainland! If you or anyone you know is working with a group of at-risk girls who are in need of some "support", send them our way! Drop us a line at startingblock@titlenine.com and we'll be happy to see what we can do for you! Ho'opa Hawaii Bras 1 Since 2003, the Ho'opa Hawaii VBC has helped at-risk youth by providing a nurturing, out-of-school program that teaches the sport of volleyball to girls.  West Hawaii has a generation of school-aged children with an abundance of unsupervised free time.  Though our club serves all interested youth in West Hawaii, the majority of our players are teenage girls from families working hard to make ends meet, many holding more than one job. The parents of our girls are the ones that greet visitors at the Kona hotels, serve you in the restaurants, dance in Polynesian shows, pick the Kona coffee, and catch the fish.  Because we keep our club fees to a minimum, at $25 per year, any girl can join.  Installment plans are arranged for those who cannot pay. Ho'opa Hawaii Bras 3Our club provides a safe environment in which girls can play, learn, compete and succeed.  Through a passion for volleyball, players learn to value good sportsmanship, teamwork, healthy bodies and healthy minds, and a drug free lifestyle. We train three times a week, over two hours at a time in Kekuaokalani Gym in Kailua-Kona from October through June.  Our shared passion and commitment to volleyball makes us strong and has helped us become champions at tournaments both on the Big Island and on the mainland.  In February 2012, our under 12 years division (U12) won the 4th Annual Asics/Pilipa’a Tournament.  In January 2012, our (U16) won the Piopi’o Bears Junior Invitational Tournament, and our U18s competed in two separate tournaments that month, placing second and third respectively. All competitions were in Hilo, Hawaii. The Travel Team arm of our club inspires all club members with its talent and successes.  Girls work hard and stay out of trouble for a chance to join the Travel Team.  The Travel Team is a select group of our best athletes, chosen from the general club to represent West Hawaii in both local and national tournaments.  There are 24 girls aged 10 to 18 on the travel team. The Ho'opa Hawaii VBC is a 501(c)(3) organization No child is denied membership if they take our priorities to heart. Ho'opa Hawaii Bras 4  

Celebrating Title IX’s Birthday with Chicago Sky

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="357" caption="The girls in their courtside seats on the sidelines."][/caption] We love it when our stores have the opportunity to get out into the community and share some Title Nine feel-good vibes. This last week our girls from the Title Nine Evanston and Lincoln Park stores were able to make some dreams come true by sponsoring 81 athletes from Girls on the Run, Girls Rock and Girls in the Game to attend a Chicago Sky WNBA game. Between giving away goodie bags and seeing Olympic Gold Medalists, they made one heck of a night out of it! [caption id="" align="alignright" width="165" caption="Title IX shirts by Chicago Sky"][/caption] Before the game the girls were able to watch the Chicago Sky team warm up which also meant they got sneak peeks of Olympic Gold Medalists up-close and personal! Too cool for them to see their idols so close! And too cool for our girls to be there and share it with them! The team also happened to be celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Title IX that night and  were giving away free t-shirts and sporting warm-up jerseys in honor of the legislative bill. It was just meant to be for the crew to be there! Of course, it wouldn't be a great Title Nine event if we didn't bring along some goodies to give away to our biggest fans! So the stores brought plenty of T9 goodies and hosted a raffle to give away the surprises in the second half. Two lucky ladies went away with T9 Tee's, Smartwool Socks, and water bottles while the final Grand Prize winner scored a $250 gift card!
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It was so wonderful to see so many Mom's and daughters out for the game, excited to be there and having a little bit of fun. Being able to provide Girls on the Run, Girls Rock and Girls in the Game with a great experience was definitely rewarding because they are three organizations that speak directly to something we hold very highly around around here - getting at-risk girls off the sidelines and onto the field. Or in Girls Rock's case, behind a microphone! Many thanks and high-fives to those who are working to keep those organizations a success. If you'd like to learn more about Girls on the Run click here; Girls Rock, here: and Girls in the Game, here.

Yes she did

"When she bounded onto the stage in her sleeveless dresses, with her muscular post-Title IX arms in full view, the definition of a strong woman changed".

- MSN.com

But no, Michelle Obama did not change the definition of a strong woman. She just revealed something that has been going on, hidden in plain sight, for a long, long time. A whole generation of us, we post Title IX women, have been making our mark on the world by the choices we make and the compromises that we have refused to make. We are fit and powerful, buoyed by the strength we found on the fields and courts of our girlhoods.

She does all of us post-Title IXer's proud, But Michelle Obama is not singular, just the most visible of a whole generation of fit, powerful, post Title IX women. When we celebrate her, we are in fact, celebrating our own strength, our own true selves. And, ...

We've only just begun.

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Missy Park, Founder