Nine ways to celebrate Title IX
No. 1: Tee up
Buy one of these cute T-shirts (they come in four colors) designed by Oiselle, a running company, and 9 percent of the profits will go toward The Starting Block, a nonprofit that helps at-risk girls get off the streets and onto the fields. ($35 per tee, at titlenine.com)
No. 2: Ride betterWheel Girls Mountain Club kicks off its second annual six-week mountain bike clinic this June in Sun Valley, Idaho. Pro mountain biker Rebecca Rush launched the club -- which meets weekly and focuses on skills, trail etiquette, nutrition and gear -- to get excited about the sport. (Free, goldruschtour.com/ events)
No. 3: Mentor future athletesVolunteer as a junior coach at your local Girls on the Run, a nationwide nonprofit that teaches girls (3rd to 8th graders) about self-respect and being active while training for a 5K through an afterschool running curriculum.
No. 4: Support Team USAAll sales of this sleek 32-inch deBeer lacrosse shaft or Champion mesh shorts (both customized with the Team USA logo) will help fund the women's U.S. national lacrosse team's travel and training expenses in Canada, host of next year's World Cup. ($120, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to buy)
No. 5: Run like a girlGet your mom, sister, friends and teammates to run, jog or walk the 10th annual T9K, sponsored by Title Nine, the largest retailer owned and run by women. The ladies-only 5.6-mile race (open to all ages and fitness levels) will take place in Boulder, Colo. (May 13), Bay Area, Calif. (Sept. 16) and Chicago, Ill. (Oct. 21). ($45 to register, titlenine.com)
No. 6: Wear this braceletSlip on this hand-hammered hematite bangle called Harlow, featuring shiny stones set in gold. A portion of the sales ($8 from each bracelet) will support the Sports and Leadership Summer Camp hosted by Girls in the Game, a nonprofit that empowers girls through sports. ($32, e-mail dkobel@ girlsinthegame.org to buy)
No. 7: Show your loveWear a fun temporary 1.5-by-1.5-inch "IX Est. 1972" tattoo (above), stick a "I (heart) Title IX" magnet ($5 each) on your locker or pin a button with the same phrase on your backpack (two for $4): All items were created by the Women's Sports Foundation -- founded by tennis legend Billie Jean King two years after the birth of Title IX -- to celebrate the 40th anniversary.
No. 8: Keep watchDonate 20 percent from your purchase of any MIOGlobal sports watch to Women Win, an organization that uses sports to champion women's rights around the globe. Just enter the code SUITCASE at checkout and you'll get free shipping, too! (from $79.99, mioglobal.com)
No. 9: Host movie nightInvite your teammates and friends over to watch "The Mighty Macs," which is now out on DVD. The film is about a women's basketball team that overcame obstacles -- including no gym and no uniforms -- at the dawn of Title IX.
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