Media Coverage for Women's Sport
Here we are in Connecticut, the home office for the women’s sports revolution, and even here, not enough of us comprehend the spirit of Title IX. As in: It makes no specific mention of sports. It requires equal opportunity in education.
It is not Entitled IX, as the less learned may believe. It merely purports to provide women equal opportunity. What the women do with the opportunity is entirely their responsibility.
Let the record show that Judy Deeb, Title IX’s embodiment, began coaching here 42 years ago, one year before Title IX became law. How fortunate we’ve been that Deeb’s opportunity came in our corner of the world, in East Lyme, showing so many young women a light for the way.
Deeb’s recent accomplishment, becoming the career wins leader (553) in Connecticut high school softball, is noteworthy, sure. But it’s window dressing for the bigger, better story: Who she is and what she stands for. And what she’s meant to her students, players, peers and women’s empowerment for the last 42 years.
The following is from Kathy Teel, now a retired sergeant with the Connecticut State Police, who played basketball — and not softball — for Deeb in the 1970s:
“Judy really connected with all the players. We loved her,” Teel said over the weekend, working security for the WNBA at Connecticut Sun games. “She taught you to stick with whatever you decide to do. In my job, a lot of times I’d think about that. The (police) academy was very tough. Some of those lessons she taught, to stick with it if that’s really what you want for yourself, stuck with me.”
And then in the next breath, Teel broke into a story about how they loved to play practical jokes on her.
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