Pride to Play a Role in ESPN’s Title IX Innitiative


The USSSA Pride will play a part in ESPN’s The Power of IX, the network’s innitiative that will recognize and commemorate the 40th anniversary of the passage of Title IX.  Title IX, signed on June 23, 1972,  has played an invaluable roll for women in collegiate athletics.

From June 22-24, ESPN will showcase women in sports across all of their networks, including ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3 and ESPN Classic.  As a part of this innitiative,  National Pro Fastpitch will stage a doubleheader between the Florida Pride and Carolina Diamonds on Saturday, June 23 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on ESPN3.

For information on additional information on ESPN’s The Power of IX programming, see the ESPN News Release Below.

ESPN News Release:

March 31, 2012

ESPN Networks to Offer a Variety of Women in Sports Programming

Throughout Title IX Anniversary Weekend

ESPN Schedule on June 23 Includes WNBA, USA Softball and Several Studio Show

ESPN will offer a weekend of events and studio shows June 22-24 featuring women in sports across its networks – ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3 and ESPN Classic – highlighted by a full day of programming Saturday, June 23.  The offering is part of the network’s three-month companywide initiative, The Power of IX, recognizing the 40th anniversary of Title IX, signed June 23, 1972.

The June 23 multi-network programming will be tied together, beginning at 11 a.m. ET, through studio coverage from ESPN’s Bristol, Conn., headquarters. ESPN soccer analyst Julie Foudy will host from a Title IX-themed set and welcome special guests who have impacted or been affected by the law throughout the day. ESPN will also report from Liberty State Park in Jersey City, N.J., where more than 30,000 Girl Scouts will be part of the B.I.G. Celebration (Believe in Girls) and the 100th anniversary of the organization.

“I am extremely proud of ESPN for recognizing and focusing on the 40th anniversary of this legislation,” said Carol Stiff, vice president, programming & acquisitions at ESPN. “The hours of programming multiple ESPN networks are dedicating on June 23 show the company’s ongoing commitment to increasing the coverage of women’s sports.”

June 23 Programming Highlights:


SEC Storied: Lolo Jones – One of the brighter stars in the history of the LSU women’s track and field dynasty is Lori “Lolo” Jones. A standout hurdler, she won three NCAA titles and 11 All-American honors.  But Jones had to overcome significant obstacles to get there. “Lolo” will explore her inspiring rise from an unstable home life to national stardom that included a spot on the 2008 United States Olympic team.  The film will include her stunning disappointment in the 2008 Beijing Games and her journey to make it back to the Olympics this summer. This fourth installment of SEC Storied will run at 4 p.m., and also on ESPNU at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

ESPN Sports Saturday – A weekly look at the biggest stories in sports at 5 p.m., the show will include a discussion of Title IX. The show typically consists of informative debate from ESPN programs such as Pardon the Interruption, First Take, SportsNation, and Mike & Mike In the Morning, as well as game previews and predictions from NFL Live, College Gameday, NBA Countdown, Baseball Tonight and more.



ESPN’s coverage will kick off with segments on SportsCenter at 11 a.m., with segments previewing the day’s events and sharing special Title IX vignettes and memories.

Two WNBA games will highlight ESPN’s day – Chicago Sky at Minnesota Lynx at 12:30 p.m. and Los Angeles Sparks at Phoenix Mercury at 9 p.m. The four teams include Olympic Gold Medalists; NCAA National Champions; NCAA Women of the Year; Naismith, John R. Wooden and State Farm Players of the Year; All-Americans; Conference Players of the Year and NCAA record holders.

The NASCAR Nationwide Series – Road America 200 from Elkhart Lake, Wis., at 3:30 p.m. features Danica Patrick, one of the most successful women in the history of American racing. She is the only woman to win in the IndyCar Series and she is the highest female finisher at the Indianapolis 500 (third).

USA Softball will take on the Canadian National Team at 7 p.m. from Oklahoma City in the Title IX 40th Anniversary Celebration Game. The teams include current and former student-athletes who are now playing at an elite level.


Sporting Chance is a Title IX documentary produced by the NCAA in conjunction with Creative Street Entertainment Group. The documentary will air at 2 p.m.

E:60 Women’s Special will take some of the top profiles, investigations and stories of the series that featured female athletes. The newsmagazine show will run at 1 p.m.

A U.S. Women’s Soccer Special will air at 5 p.m., a 30-minute program showcasing the 1999 U.S. Women’s World Cup gold-medal winning team in a feature, followed by a roundtable discussion about the impact of Title IX on the growth and success of women’s soccer in this country.  The panel will include soccer and women’s sports notables.


Honda Sports Awards will showcase the Collegiate Women Sports Awards program that annually recognizes the accomplishments of top female athletes in NCAA-member colleges with a variety of prestigious awards. ESPN’s Sage Steele will host the live 60-minute special from ESPN’s Los Angeles Production Center at 3 p.m.

The 24-hour college sports network will also have dedicated blocks of past NCAA Women’s Championships events.


National Pro Fastpitch will stage a doubleheader between the Florida Pride and Carolina Diamonds, at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

ESPN Classic will have more than 50 hours of women’s programming relating to Title IX beginning Friday and running through Sunday.

Additional details will be announced at a later date.

 – full schedule below –

ESPN’s Title IX – June 23 Programming (subject to change)

Time (ET) Show Network
11 a.m. SportsCenter ESPN
11:30 a.m. Women’s Athletic   Programming ESPN Classic
Noon Sporting Chance ESPN2
12:30 p.m. WNBA Game: Chicago   Sky at Minnesota Lynx ESPN
1 p.m. E:60 Women’s Special ESPN2
National Pro Fastpitch: Florida at Carolina (Charlotte) ESPN3
2 p.m. SEC Storied: Lolo Jones ESPNU
3 p.m. NASCAR Countdown ESPN
Honda Sports Awards (ESPN’s Los Angeles Production   Center) ESPNU
3:30 p.m. NASCAR Nationwide: Road America 200 (Elkhart Lake, Wis.) ESPN
4 p.m. SEC Storied: Lolo Jones ABC
NCAA Women’s   Championships Programming ESPNU
National Pro Fastpitch: Florida at Carolina (Charlotte) ESPN3
5 p.m. Sports Saturday: Week in Review ABC
U.S. Women Soccer National Team Documentary ESPN2
7 p.m. USA National   Softball vs. Canada (Oklahoma City) ESPN
SEC Storied: Lolo Jones ESPNU
8 p.m. Sporting Chance ESPNU
9 p.m. WNBA Game: Los Angeles Sparks at Phoenix Mercury ESPN
NCAA Women’s   Championships Programming ESPNU
Women’s Athletic   Programming ESPN Classic


About USSSA Florida Pride:

The USSSA Florida Pride is a professional franchise in the National Pro Fastpitch League that is owned and operated by USSSA. The amateur organization of USSSA has multi-sport coverage and encompasses teams and players from the United States and abroad.

About NPF:

National Pro Fastpitch is headquartered in Nashville, TN. The league, created to give elite female fastpitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chosen sport, has operated since 1997 under the names of Women’s Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women’s Pro Softball League (WPSL). NPF is the Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball in the category of women’s fastpitch softball since 2002.

About USSSA:

The United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA), headquartered in Osceola County, Florida, USSSA is the World’s Largest Multi-sport Athletic Organization. Founded in 1968, USSSA has grown to over 3.7 million participants, competing in 13 nationally sanctioned sports including Baseball, Fastpitch, Slow Pitch, Karate, Basketball, Soccer and more! For more information on USSSA and to register your team visit Also be sure to visit for the latest USSSA News!