Jill Vialet has been recognized by the Women’s Sports Foundation’s (WSF) 40 FOR 40 list of women who have made a significant impact on society after playing sports in high school or college during the forty years of the Title IX era. Vialet joins such notable women as track great Jackie Joyner-Kersee, legendary women’s college basketball coach Pat Summitt, US Senator Kristen Gillibrand, former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and others.
According to WSF, Title IX has resulted in growth of girls participating in high school sports from 1 in 27 in 1972 to about 2 in 5 today. Title IX has not only made its impact felt in terms of athletic participation, but in educational opportunities for girls and women.
The honorees will be recognized as part of a 40 FOR 40 event June 21 at the JW Marriott in Washington, DC. The supporting sponsor of the event is Scripps Networks Interactive.