Father’s Day weekend was as good as it gets in more ways than one. The most important by far was the time spent with the family, which is always the best activity in the world.
It is one of the few times that the family allows me to turn on more than one TV – which equated to a Royals game, the final round of the U.S. Open and Game 5 of the NBA playoffs to air simultaneously at my house. Throw in the World Cup for soccer fans, and all should be smiling from ear to ear. Can a Father’s Day get any better?!
With all this said, I realized that I spend all my time talking about male sports. I need to give a bigger tip of the hat to all the female athletes whose effort is every bit as great as that of their male counterparts.
I did my master’s thesis in 1976 at the University of Wyoming on the topic of funding of high school athletics under the then-new Title IX law. At that time female athletes were few and far between.
Since then high school girls sports have exploded. Title IX had the biggest impact of our lifetime in the area of athletics. Even though it was directed at all athletes, it had the greatest effect on the participation of girls. They became eligible to show off their athletic talents and to compete in a team setting to gain the benefit of life lessons.
Title IX has been on the books since 1972, and those 40-plus years have proven to be increasingly amazing for girls sports at the high school and college levels. As I recall, when the law was first passed many were of the opinion that it would create a financial burden to schools. They were certainly short-sighted. Female sports are aired on the sports channels nearly around the clock.
My first opportunity to coach a girls sport was when I returned to Missouri in 1980. I coached girls track, basketball and softball. It became a highlight of my career. The female athletes will give you their heart and soul just like male athletes, but their strength is in their loyalty. The girls never forget their experiences and seem to do the best job of keeping in touch with their old coach. I have to admit that I love that.
Now that I have two granddaughters, I am grateful that they will have the opportunities available for females today. I feel like I have hundreds of surrogate daughters that I would have never had were it not for Title IX and the girls sport movement of the ’70s.
I know in our society female athletes do not have as great of financial rewards or become as famous as their male counterparts, but they do a far better job of understanding the total purpose of the sport. A well-deserved thank you needs to go to past athletic administrators for their commitment and tireless effort in promoting intercollegiate and interscholastic female sports. Title IX proved to be the right road to take in the continued promotion of all school sports.
In closing, I would like to invite everyone to participate in the Paul Splittorff Golf Tournament to be held Friday, June 27, at Adams Pointe Golf Club in Blue Springs. Check in will be 10:30 to 12:45. Proceeds from the tournament will go to St. Mary’s Manor. It is a great cause. Call Rhonda Sullivan at 816 220- 4228 with questions or for more information.
• The U.S. Open was basically a one-man show. Martin Kaymer started fast and never looked back, which is a difficult task, to say the least. The average golfer would shoot in the mid-hundreds on that course. Staying on the green takes an act of Congress, and we all know how that goes.
• The Royals’ five most important players are their five starters. The next two are Davis and Holland. If they lose any of those guys they will be in trouble. The team has great pitching.
• Alcides Escobar should be the American League shortstop in the All-Star game, but he does not play in New York, Los Angeles or St. Louis. He is having a great year both defensively and offensively.
• How do you get a job officiating in the World Cup? The term “flopping” was invented in the sport of soccer. Those guys should have been actors or stunt men. You touch a guy during play and they act like they got a limb broke. Just play!
• The Spurs are a great example of teamwork. Everyone has a job to do and no one cares who gets the credit – fun to watch when they have it going.
• The Chiefs release of Brandon Flowers was a good move for our defensive scheme. We need bigger corners plus the cap money.
• My quote of the week comes from gymnast Cathy Rigby: “All athletes, or for that matter anyone with career ambitions, have times when everything seems to go wrong. They’re tired, motivation slips and they can think they have 101 reasons not do whatever they’re supposed to do. I found that at these times I would push myself the hardest – do extra routines, a few more exercises, concentrate harder. This was when I would see my biggest days or two or three months – it would happen. Also, I would set one or two long-term goals and many daily and weekly goals just to keep myself checked. You can accomplish anything if you’re persistent enough.”
Tim Crone, a William Chrisman High School graduate, is a former activities director and coach for Blue Springs High School and is a host of a weekly radio show, “Off the Wall with Tim Crone,” on KCWJ (1030 AM) 5-6 p.m. every Thursday. He writes a weekly column for The Examiner. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org