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FPS Invites Community Members to Celebrate 50 Years of Title IX and its Impact for Framingham High School Athletes

Framingham Public Schools

  Robert A. Tremblay, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools

Rochelle Santos
Media and Communications Manager

Farley Building, 19 Flagg Drive
Framingham, Massachusetts 01702
Telephone: 508-782-6099

For Immediate Release

Framingham Public Schools Invites Community Members to Celebrate 50 Years of Title IX and its Impact for Framingham High School Athletes

May 20, 2022 (Framingham, MA) The Framingham High School (FHS) Athletics Department is hosting a special event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Title IX. Beginning with a speaking program, current and former members of FHS Athletic Teams will share what Title IX means to them and will also showcase all of the athletic options available to females in Framingham. The event takes place on Wednesday, June 1st, at 5pm outside of the James E. Carey Athletic Center ( in front of the FHS Gymnasiums).

"We are so excited to be celebrating this landmark achievement toward equality in women's sports with our community that has shown such interest and support throughout the planning process,” offered Saundra Edwards, Diversity, Inclusion, & Compliance Manager for Framingham Public Schools. “The FHS Athletics Department, FPS Gender Equity Working Group and FPS Office of Equity are confident that this is just the start of our important work."

This celebration of women's equality in sports is open to all community members who wish to attend and will feature remarks from current and former female student athletes, as well as two keynote speakers including: Latoyia Edwards, Emmy award-winning anchor on NBC 10 Boston and NECN, former college basketball player, and former Miss Massachusetts; and Becca Pizzi, world renowned Guinness World Record holding women's marathon runner who ran 7 marathons in 7 days on 7 continents, children’s book author, and business owner.

Event Schedule

  • 5pm - 5:15pm: Mix and Mingle

  • 5:15pm: Speaking Program Begins (also offered in American Sign Language)

    • Introduction: Paul Spear, FHS Athletic Director

    • MC: Ashley Paulsen, Assistant Director, FHS Athletics

    • Priscila Sousa, FPS School Committee Chair

    • FHS Student Athletes

    • FHS Coaches

    • Dee King, former member of the FHS Athletic Community

    • Latoyia Edwards

    • Becca Pizzi

Following the speaking program, attendees will be invited into the gymnasium to watch a special video What Title IX Means to Us, a retrospective of Framingham High School Women’s Athletics, as well as, an opportunity to meet current and former female athletes through a series of team displays highlighting the history of each sport.

“I am honored to be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Title IX with Framingham High School,” offered Becca Pizzi, “Title IX revolutionized athletic programs for girls and women but it's not just about the number of females playing sports, it's what they get out of participating in athletic events! I will always be thankful for the opportunities provided to me because of Title IX. I'm really looking forward to this event, sharing my story and inspiring the future generations.” 

The event has been publicized on Eventbrite and Facebook. Anyone interested in attending can RSVP: 50th Anniversary of Title IX: A Celebration Event.

What is Title IX?
Title IX is a Federal law that prohibits discrimination based on sex or gender in any educational institution that receives federal funding. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 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.”

In its beginning, Title IX was known for its impact on Athletics because it was successfully used to advance women’s sports. This resulted in many people assuming that this was Title IX’s only function. Then in the early 1990s, the Supreme Court ruled that Title IX’s prohibition on discrimination applied to sports and sexual harassment. Shortly thereafter, the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights issued guidelines on Sexual Harassment that eventually caused a shift in Title IX’s identity. Now Title IX is mostly associated with sexual assault and sexual harassment. Although it does operate to prohibit and provide guidance on dealing with sexual harassment, that does not define the essence of Title IX. Title IX is, and always will be, an equity law, and like other equity laws, Title IX should be employed in any forum in which it is needed. Title IX should be utilized to its full potential and not limited merely because of its narrow application in the past. Fortunately, we are seeing its scope broaden to meet current needs. For example, today’s Title IX is applicable in cases concerning gender identity and sexual orientation, making it an essential tool as we encounter unlawful discrimination and harassment of our LGBTQ+ community members.

About Framingham High School Athletics
Framingham High School (FHS) Athletic teams are a great representation of the richness of diversity in Framingham and their athletes represent the City on a daily basis throughout the state. For many students, athletics is the motivating factor in better attendance, improved behavior, higher grades, and greater overall participation in their school community. Proud of their inclusive sports participation policy and the fact that fees are waived for student participation and engagement, Framingham is a well-established sports community where many teams and athletes are recognized as perennial challengers for league and statewide accomplishments. Framingham High School offers and competes in a number of sports during the Fall, Winter, and Spring seasons. For news, updates, and announcements, follow FHS Athletics: @FHSFlyersAthletics on Facebook, @FHSFlyersSports on Twitter, and @framinghamflyerathletics on Instagram. You can also join the conversation using #FlyerSports.

About Framingham Public Schools
The mission of the Framingham Public Schools is to educate each student to learn and live productively as a critically-thinking, responsible citizen in a multicultural, democratic society by providing academically challenging instructional programs taught by highly-qualified staff and supported by comprehensive services in partnership with our entire community. For news, updates, and announcements, follow Framingham Public Schools (@FraminghamPS) on FacebookTwitter, and (@framinghamschools) on Instagram. You can also join the conversation using #FraminghamSchools.

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