Because of Title IX: Lindsay Reeves

Director of Athletics, University of North Georgia

Finish this sentence: “Because of Title IX..."

I was able to compete at the college level with opportunities other women before only could dream about.

How have the athletic and academic opportunities afforded to you because of Title IX impacted your life? Can you imagine your life without them?

I wouldn't be where I am today, as a DII athletic director and the first female AD at my institution, if not for Title IX. Athletics has taught me the power of dedication, perseverance, drive, work ethic, and how to succeed. These tools have enabled me to believe in myself and the strong inherent belief that I can achieve whatever I set my mind to.

Tell us about a woman who championed you in pursuing your goals. How did her influence inspire or affect you and your career?

My grandmother had a huge influence on who I am today. She was a three-sport college athlete in 1916 and never let being a woman stop her from anything she wanted to accomplish or pursue. At the age of 87, she still entered golf tournaments, walked the course, won the event all the while people told her she couldn’t. She was a strong, independent trailblazer and a great role model.

How are you continuing to champion the next generation of women and girls in sports, and raise awareness on the importance Title IX?

I take every opportunity to mentor young women and college leaders. It is so rewarding to be able to give back and help the young women of today believe that they can accomplish anything. I am committed to helping the young women leaders of today get every opportunity to rise to the top.

If you could send an empowering tweet to every woman and girl across the country, what would you send?

"Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it!" - Winston Churchill
“If you dream it, you can do it” - Walt Disney
“Stay strong, stand up, have a voice”

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