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Women+s sports lacking in support, not quality

March 27, 1997

Women's sports lacking in support, not quality

Meghan Crona

Lariat Sports Reporter

Today in America there is great emphasis put on athletics. Young children have dreams of being able to run like Michael Johnson or to dunk like Michael Jordan. But why is it that the young girls of America know exactly who is being talked about when Michael Jordan's name is mentioned, but have to be told that Janet Evans is one of the greatest distance swimmers that has ever lived? There is such an emphasis put on the importance of men's sporting events that many women's events are overlooked.

This is the time of year when the NCAA final four is going on for both men and women. I was looking through the Waco Tribune-Herald and realized that there was not one bit of information on the women's final four, yet there was a huge article on the North Carolina men and how it's a miracle that they have reached the big dance. How many people would be able to name who made it to the final four on the women's side?

I am a female athlete here at Baylor, and I see how women's sports get buried by men's. I attended almost every basketball game, both men's and women's, and at the men's games there were significantly more fans. Both teams played our biggest rival, the University of Texas, at home, but the men's game was packed and the women's game had virtually no one. They were equally exciting games, but most students wouldn't be bothered into going to a female sporting event.

I have heard many comments about women athletes from men throughout my entire sporting life. Men don't attend women athletic events because the game or match is 'boring.' Today, anything that is not full of blood and fights is boring. I have also heard that women don't get as much support as men because they don't bring in as much money. That can be reversed and said that if women got support, then we'd bring in more money.

Right now, if asked, most kids would say that Mia Hamm is a Pert Plus spokeswoman and Dominique Dawes does commercials for Kodak, not that they were two of the best athletes in the 1996 Olympics. In a world of violence, athletes are some of the greatest role models for children. Girls need just as many positive role models as boys, and the only way to give them those role models, is to support the unknown ones they have now.

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