Celebrate Title IX by Voting Christie Rampone as a NACWAA Title IX Trailblazer
TItle IX Trailblazer and NEC Hall of Famer Christie Rampone
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In celebration of the upcoming 40th anniversary of the signing of Title IX, the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators (NACWAA) invited athletic departments, conferences offices and organizations across the country to nominate a female trailblazer from their institution who has made a significant impact in the area of gender equity by creating a short video illustrating their contributions. The Northeast Conference is pleased to have nominated NEC Hall of Famer and Monmouth Alumni Christie Rampone for this honor.
With an outpouring of responses, 25 fearless female leaders are up for the title of “Trailblazer.” Their stories are told through their videos which can be found on the NACWAA’s YouTube channel, with the NEC’s video available for viewing here.
The video with the most views during the designated two-week viewing period (April 9-23, 2012) will be named the winner. In addition to the title of “Title IX Trailblazer,” there is a gift prize of a $9,000 from the NACWAA Foundation Fund which will be used by the winning institution to support any of its women’s athletics programs and/or female staff professional development. The two videos receiving the most views will also be shown at the 2012 NACWAA National Convention. Representatives from the winning institution and its trailblazer will be invited to attend and be recognized at a commemorative event at the National Convention.
Why Rampone is a Title IX Trailblazer:
She is a starting defender and current captain for the United States Women's National Soccer Team and possesses a resume peppered with words like, "Olympian", "Gold Medalist", "Professional soccer player" and "College athlete”; and according this Northeast Conference Hall of Famer there's still plenty of soccer left to play.
Christie Rampone's days as a trailblazer began early as a kid down the Jersey Shore where she was heralded as "the best athlete Ocean County had ever produced." Following a stellar college career at nearby Monmouth University, Rampone found herself competing at the international level, proudly wearing the United States jersey at multiple Olympics and World Cups.
But more important than any award or medal is the way in which Rampone serves a role model for females everywhere. Thrilled to be able to share her passion she states, "I love being a role model for the young girls," highlighting "Telling [my] stories to kids so they realize you didn't just wake up one day and become a professional athlete," as one of the best things she can do to help the next generation of female athletes be the best they can be.