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SCR-93 California Girls and Women in Sports Week.(2017-2018)

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Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 93
CHAPTER 8

Relative to California Girls and Women in Sports Week.

[ Filed with Secretary of State  February 22, 2018. ]

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SCR 93, Skinner. California Girls and Women in Sports Week.
This measure would recognize female athletes, coaches, officials, and sports administrators for their important contributions in promoting the value of sports in the achievement of full human potential and would proclaim January 29, 2018, to February 4, 2018, inclusive, as California Girls and Women in Sports Week.
Fiscal Committee: NO  

WHEREAS, By an act of the United States Congress, February 4, 1987, was proclaimed as the first National Girls and Women in Sports Day in honor of Flo Hyman, a volleyball legend whose efforts to promote equality in sports were cut short by her untimely and tragic death; and
WHEREAS, Since that time, women have made considerable advances in professional, collegiate, club, intramural, masters, high school, junior high school, youth, and recreational sports; and
WHEREAS, Many female athletes have distinguished themselves as representatives of California and the nation in international competition and the Olympic Games; and
WHEREAS, Participation in sports is acknowledged as a positive force in developing and promoting physical, mental, moral, social, and emotional well-being, and it is well established that participation in athletics builds self-esteem, communication skills, discipline, and perseverance, all qualities that make a positive and significant difference in the quality of life and in the level of accomplishment; and
WHEREAS, We need to encourage women of all ages to compete and contribute to sports at all levels of competition and recreation to help prepare the next generation of female athletes and sports leaders; and
WHEREAS, 1972 marked the passage of Title IX which prohibits sex discrimination in any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance; and
WHEREAS, The year before Title IX was enacted, there were about 310,000 girls and women in the United States playing high school and college sports; today, there are more than 3,373,000; and
WHEREAS, The protections of Title IX continue to be important as it relates to athletics; and
WHEREAS, We should all recognize that barriers to participation and equality in sports still exist and there are various forms of implicit and explicit bias on school campuses resulting in poorly maintained equipment, unequal fields, and unfair game schedules; and
WHEREAS, The combined efforts of many organizations, including the Women’s Sports Foundation, the California Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, and the California National Organization for Women, have served to bring needed information and important recognition of this day, as well as furthered the dreams of and inspired today’s female athletes; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, the Assembly thereof concurring, That the Legislature recognizes female athletes, coaches, officials, and sports administrators for their important contributions in promoting the value of sports in the achievement of full human potential and hereby proclaims January 29, 2018, to February 4, 2018, inclusive, as California Girls and Women in Sports Week; and be it further
Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.