Still don’t get same respect

I found the Sept. 13 article, “Drive underway to replace Cascade football haven,” very interesting and thought female athletes, parents of female athletes, fans of female athletes and supporters of Title IX would also find it interesting.

I am a parent of a female athlete. She makes good grades, is a great kid and is a super athlete with goals of playing collegiate softball. She currently attends Cascade High School.

Honestly, I have nothing against football or against people wanting to donate and raise funds to obtain a new building. What I do have a very strong concern about is that the Everett School District has agreed to pick up approximately $20,000 of the cost!

Hmmm. Title IX, isn’t it something about schools and school districts being sure sports programs and funding are equal? Thought it was something like that.

So, tell me how the Everett School District – namely Jeff Riddle, district deputy superintendent – somehow magically found funds, when it seemed no funds were available, for a male sport. But no funds were found and the Everett School District said no when asked to help with funds to build a hitting cage for the Cascade High School girls fastpitch program. Sounds pretty much like the good old boys network to me.

The parents of present female athletes constantly tell our daughters it’s getting better. What message does this send to the students of Cascade High School and Everett School District? What message does this send to the many female athletes of Cascade High School and those across the Everett School District? Sounds like the message is: It’s much better to be a male athlete and especially a football player, and then the school district will not only listen and see, but will take action and magically the funds will be found!


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