WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tomorrow, June 23 at 11 a.m. EDT, female athletes, parents, and advocates will join seventeen organizations from across the political spectrum to rally to take back Title IX: “Our Bodies, Our Sports.” The event marks the largest gathering of female athletes in defense of women’s sports to date.
“On June 23rd, I’ll be joining incredible female athletes and standing with them to protect the legacy of Title IX and their right to compete on a level playing field,” said featured speaker and former Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), an original sponsor of the Protect Women’s Sports Act. “This historic provision created life-changing opportunities for countless women based on the need for fairness and a recognition that male and female athletes are biologically different, and it must be protected for generations to come,” she added.
The rally will take place at 11:00 a.m. EDT at Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C.
WHAT: Our Bodies, Our Sports Rally
WHEN: June 23, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. EDT
- Press arrival: 9:00 a.m. EDT
- Doors open: 10:00 a.m. EDT
WHERE: Freedom Plaza (1325 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004)
WHY: Celebrate 50 years of Title IX and preserve single-sex competition to keep women’s sports female
Athletes speaking at the event include:
- Riley Gaines Barker, former University of Kentucky swimmer who tied for 5th-place against Lia Thomas at NCAA Championships
- Cynthia Monteleone, Team USA world champion track athlete who competed against a transgender athlete at the World Championship
- Taylor Silverman, skateboarder who competed against transgender athlete Lillian Gallagher at the Red Bull Cornerstone competition
- Kim Jones, former All-American tennis player, mother of Ivy League swimmer, and co-founder of Independent Council of Women’s Sports (ICONS)
- Marshi Smith, former University of Arizona swimmer, NCAA and PAC-10 champion, and co-founder of Independent Council of Women’s Sports (ICONS)
- Madisan DeBos, Southern Utah University cross-country and track athlete whose all-female relay team competed against a male athlete
- Inga Thompson, 3x Olympic cyclist who competed when there were no women’s teams
- Chelsea Mitchell, top high school runner who lost four state championships, two all-New England awards, and additional other honors to male-bodied competitors, and her mother, Christy Mitchell
- Madison Kenyon, Idaho State NCAA athlete who competed against a male athlete in college track, standing up to defend Idaho’s Fairness in Women’s Sports Act
- Mary Marshall, Idaho State NCAA athlete who competed against a male athlete in college track, standing up to defend Idaho’s Fairness in Women’s Sports Act
- Alanna Smith, Connecticut track athlete who lost to male athletes in high school, and her mother, Cheryl Radachowsky
- Selina Soule, Connecticut track athlete who lost out on placements and opportunities to advance because she was forced to compete against male athletes
- Macy Petty, NCAA scholarship athlete (volleyball) and Young Women for America leader
- Chloe Satterfield, freshman at Georgia Tech who competed against a biological maleher senior year and lost. He was a freshman.
- Dee Dee Bass Wilbon, former soccer player and mother of high school varsity and club lacrosse player.
- Julia Chang, 4th degree taekwondo master and coach, mom of three
Additional rally participants include:
- Tulsi Gabbard, former U.S. Representative (D-HI), original sponsor of the Protect Women’s Sports Act
- Candice Jackson, former Deputy General Counsel, Department of Education
- Rep. Barbara Ehardt, Idaho State Representative; original sponsor of the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act; former Idaho State athlete and 15-year NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Coach
- And more!
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