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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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Power of 9 T-Shirt Design Winners

We’re excited to announce our t-shirt design contest winners! If you’ll remember, next year is the 40th Anniversary of Title IX, (the federal legislation that brought girls off the sidelines and onto the playing fields all across America). To celebrate this milestone, we have a few plans in the making; one of them being some limited edition tees (that celebrate the Power of 9). So, to kick things off, we had y’all submit your tee shirt designs. Thanks to all who submitted an entry!

Wow, was it a tough decision…we have some pretty talented folks out there! After deliberating, we selected these 3 designs as winners. Heidi, Colette and Abby will receive $100 T9 gift cards.


Heidi – Oshkosh, WI

Colette – Burbank, CA

Abby – Telluride, CO

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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

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Waterfront 5K

christina-taketag_smNow, let me clarify something: Yes, in junior high that one time I ran the Turkey Trot in my PE shoes. When I came out to the car with the frozen turkey I’d won, the first thing I saw was my mother pantomiming “Where is your saxophone?” not “Why are you carrying a frozen 12lb turkey?”

Yes, I did run track. But this was a real non-scholastic race – I’m talking about my first real race where it was me versus Little Father Time (oh do excuse my Thomas Hardy reference – but papa would be proud!) and not an awkward, gangly junior high/early high school me with bushy hair, bad skin and braces against girls who would beat me on sprints by full seconds. My events were the 100, 440 relay, 880 relay, and for a brief and fanciful time after much provocation from the coach, 440 hurdles.) In the end I suppose I was quick, but I wasn’t necessarily fast, depending on where you base your comparisons. I was a soccer player, a mid-fielder, conditioned to endure 90 plus minutes of sprinting, quick bursts, ball handling and sheer power behind shots (not that I took any, always the assist-er, never the assist-ee;) I was no runner.

Then the company challenge rolled around. The 2009 challenge culminates in a half-Ironman triathalon in September 2009. For whatever reason, my mind was made up; this was the year. I decided to do it.

Then I remembered I’m not a cyclist or much of a swimmer (unless you give me a wetsuit, board and some fins, I’m golden then!) Also?

Okay, I admit it. Over a decade of playing soccer and no, I’m not a runner.

Really, I’mchristina-jen_sm not ashamed; they’re just truly two very different things. Being the good little monkey I am, I tried to educate myself some via Runner’s World (and not just because we’ve worked with them, thanks, I knew they were reputable prior to my employment.) Over pronation, under pronation, what the nation, I had no idea. After reading up some and consulting vendor catalogs, I prodealt some shoes for myself. Quickly I realized that utilizing my discount was not the fastest way to get shoes, so I stopped by my local Fleet Feet. The gal that helped me knew me to a T; lucky for me, she was a soccer player herself and understood that my concept of running shoe =cleats. I had no idea what good running shoes should feel like! I expected them to be hard, to feel the ground and anything near my foot, form fitted, tight, all the way to my toes. After comparison testing, I chose a cushiony pair of Sauconys. Little did I know my race partner Jenni would buy the same pair – having never seen mine – a few days later! (We’ve dubbed ourselves Team Bad-Ass Shoes. Well, “Shoes” is optional.)

Running with a buddy helped me loads! Sadly I lost a furry, feline little brother the day before the race. Thirteen years is pretty old for a one-kidney’d cat, but it still hurt and I felt almost like maybe I wouldn’t make it. However, I had paid for the race, talked about it, Houdini was busy chasing endless lizards in kitty heaven and my partner and I had committed to crossing that line just to cross it. The down-and-back course was great for morale; every time I heard a small cheer go up, I knew that it was my co-workers passing more co-workers, and while we were all racing the clock truly we were running as a team.

title-nine-successAt any rate, my first 5K is done and I can already say I think I am hooked! The race times cannot be posted fast enough (I was too busy “finishing strong,” hearing my boss yelling encouragement, to see my time,) and I am already looking to the next one.

[EDIT: Race times have been posted – 30:44 for a 5K they said was too long by almost 100 yards. Not too shabby!…but I can beat that. Till next time!]

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Physical Fitness vs Fiscal Fitness

At times it seems like a pretty crazy world, one that even really great minds can’t seem to get a fix on, one that seems completely beyond control. But I can and we all can, take control of the balance sheet that is our life. I can stop worrying about my fiscal fitness and actually do something about my physical fitness. I can’t control the markets but I can control my mind, my body, my attitude.

The rest will have to take care of itself because I am going for a run.

Wanna Come?

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Missy park, Founder

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