HILLSIDE – On Jan. 22, the 26th annual statewide celebration of “National Girls and Women in Sports Day,” Union County College’s women basketball player Shanique Owens of Hillside was an award winner. She was recognized by the National Association for Girls and Women in Sports for her outstanding athletic performance and academic achievements. Owens, a freshman at Union, plays forward.
The awards ceremony was held at Seton Hall University and marked the 40th anniversary of the landmark Title IX legislation. Title IX – a law prohibiting the exclusion of women or men in educational programs based on their sex – open a window for female athletes. Once the law was officially passed, women were no longer denied the ability to participate in college sports programs. This was true even if the college did not sponsor female teams. The theme of the event was: “Title IX at 40: In It for the Long Run.”
The event began with an awards luncheon in which 175 awards were presented to high school and college athletes from around the state. Following the luncheon, attendees attended the Seton Hall vs. Syracuse women’s basketball game.
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