Oct. 18, 2012
UCLA Athletics will honor the university's rich tradition of excellence in women's sports with a day-long celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Title IX on the UCLA campus on Saturday, November 10.
The first event of the afternoon will be a 2 pm women's swimming and diving meet against Arizona at Spieker Aquatics Center. Should the UCLA women's soccer team, which is currently 12-0-2 and ranked No. 3 nationally, advance to the NCAA tournament and host a first-round game, it would play at Drake Stadium that day at 5:30 pm.
The day culminates with the women's basketball season opener against San Diego State in New Pauley Pavilion at 7 pm. UCLA's Title IX 40, the top 40 female athletes in school history, will be honored at halftime, and alumnae student-athletes will be recognized throughout the game.
When it became law on June 23, 1972, Title IX changed the landscape of collegiate athletics. Its impact over the last 40 years has been profound from coast-to-coast, but perhaps it has been most noticeable at UCLA.
The university community quickly saw the value in successful women's athletics, began competing in the AIAW during the 1973-74 school year under the direction of Women's Athletic Director Dr. Judith Holland, and quickly established its teams among the nation's elite - first in the AIAW and later the NCAA.
By the time Ann Meyers accepted the first women's athletic scholarship at UCLA in 1974-75, the UCLA women's athletic program was already off and running ... and the machine has yet to stop, capturing more than 40 team national championships (AIAW and NCAA combined) in 40 years, including the most recent, an NCAA Women's Volleyball crown in late 2011.
Some of UCLA's women's teams in sports such as volleyball, softball, track & field, water polo and gymnastics are considered among the best of all time. Many of the individuals who have worn a Bruin jersey are synonymous with excellence in women's athletics.
This day is dedicated to all of them.
Alumnae student-athletes and former UCLA coaches and administrators who wish to attend should contact Mariella Trombetta: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Schedule of Events:
Saturday, November 10, 2012
2 pm - UCLA Swimming and Diving vs. Arizona, Spieker Aquatics Center
5:30 pm (if UCLA is selected to host) - UCLA Women's Soccer NCAA First Round Game, Drake Stadium (Tickets: $10 adults/$8 students and youth)
7 pm - UCLA Women's Basketball vs. San Diego State (2012-13 Season Opener), New Pauley Pavilion