Celebrate Title IX in doubleheader on Wednesday, March 16, 2 and 4 p.m.

student at bat at softball game

The doubleheader has been postponed due to field conditions and will be played Thursday, April 21, at the Cougar Softball Field. The season opener will be Monday, March 21 at 2 p.m. against Missouri Baptist University.

Columbia College puts on two softball games to commemorate ground-breaking legislation as part of Women’s History Month.

To celebrate Title IX, the Columbia College Lady Cougars softball team takes on Lindenwood (Mo.) University in their first home games of the season at 2 and 4 p.m. The doubleheader, which will be played on the Cougar Softball Field on Rangeline on the main campus, is open to the public.

Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Columbia College students will be admitted free. Free parking is available in the lot at Tenth and Rogers streets, in the lot at Eighth and Hickman streets, or behind the Southwell Complex. See the campus map for parking details.

Between games, Columbia College alumni softball players will be recognized and you can learn more about the history of Title IX and its impact on women in collegiate athletics.

Cougars ranked No. 20

Softball team
Going into the season, the Cougars ranked No. 20 in the NAIA Preseason Top 25 Rating. In 2010, the team made its 15th NAIA National Tournament appearance.
Head coach Wendy Spratt enters her 17th season at the helm of the Columbia softball program. This year’s Cougar squad features nine newcomers and seven returners, including four seniors. Among the returners are All-American pitcher Valerie Teter and all-conference infielder Rachel Coleman.

Title IX

Title IX, part of the Education Amendments of 1972, unleashed a dramatic increase in female athletic participation. Some observers say female participation in organized sports has risen by as much as 600 percent since the 1980s.

Title IX was renamed the Patsy T. Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act in honor of its principal author Hawaiian Congresswoman Mink in 2002. The law states:

"No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance..."

Although Title IX is best known for its impact on high school and collegiate athletics, the original statute made no explicit mention of sports.

The games are part of a month-long celebration of Women's History Month at Columbia College. See a complete listing of events.

For more on Women’s History Month, visit the National Women's History Project website.