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Posted by Rachel Margolis on June 18, 2012

espnW To Unveil Historic Title IX Mosaic in Washington June 21

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Mosaic Commemorating 40th Anniversary of Historic Legislation Features Largest-Ever Collection of Images From Female Athletes; will be Projected upon Newseum’s First Amendment Tablet

espnW will publicly unveil a digital mosaic featuring the largest-ever collection of women and girls’ sports images—all submitted by the athletes themselves— Thursday, June 21, at the Newseum in Washington, DC, as part of the network’s ongoing examination and recognition of the 40th anniversary of Title IX.

The mosaic’s unveiling will take place after sunset at approximately 9:30 p.m. ET, when it will be projected upon the Newseum’s defining architectural feature — the 74–foot–high marble First Amendment tablet on the front façade. The Newseum is an interactive museum of news and history located between the White House and the U.S. Capitol on Pennsylvania Avenue.

More than 3,000 female athletes of all abilities and achievement levels submitted personal photos, along with quotes encapsulating what Title IX has meant to them, to construct the mosaic project, through espnW.com’s The Power of IX microsite. Photos can still be added to the mosaic at espnW.com/IXMosaic.

The mosaic also includes photos of espnW’s Top 40 Athletes of the Past 40 Years, a ranking determined by an industry-wide blue-ribbon panel.  espnW and ESPN have been counting down towards the number one athlete since April 30 and that athlete will be officially revealed Friday, June 22, on the 11 p.m. SportsCenter.  The next day—40 years to the date that the Title IX legislation was passed—a full day of women in sports programming will be featured across ESPN, ESPN2, ABC, ESPNU, ESPN3 and ESPN Classic

“The impact of Title IX goes far beyond the playing field,” said Laura Gentile, vice president, espnW. “Its impact on sports is undeniable, and the stories being told through each of these pictures tell us what otherwise might never have been shared had it not been for this legislation. We’re proud to give these stories the public platform they deserve.”

In addition to its ongoing importance on espnW.com, coverage of the 40th anniversary of Title IX continues to be an ESPN companywide initiative across all platforms.

  • Television: The week of June 17 will feature content on various studio shows, culminating on June 23 with women in sports programming featured across ESPN, ESPN2, ABC, ESPNU, ESPN3 and ESPN Classic throughout the day.
  • Print: ESPN The Magazine’s first-ever “Women in Sports” issue sheds light on phenomenal women – women who own who they are, control their image, command their careers, and play how they want to play, including a cover  story on Danica Patrick. The Mag also takes a look at how Title IX gave women greater entry into the wide world of sports, and yet how 40 years later, many obstacles are still in their way
  • ESPN Films: ESPN Films will present “Nine for IX,” a series of documentaries in 2013 that will highlight women in sports, all created by female storytellers. Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts and Tribeca Productions co-founder Jane Rosenthal are executive producers of the series.

About espnW
espnW’s mission is to connect female fans with the sports they love and follow.  espnW.com provides an engaging environment where women are an integral part of the sports conversation, share their perspective on men’s and women’s sports and find the motivation and support for their athletic goals and interests. Founded in July 2010, espnW, [espnw.com], is an emerging business that consists primarily of a digital product suite including pc web, mobile web and social media.  Founding partners include Nike, Gatorade and P&G (Venus and Secret). espnW is also supported by a strong social media presence on Twitter and Facebook. The Women’s Sports Foundation is a charity of choice of espnW

About the Newseum
The Newseum — a 250,000-square-foot museum of news and history — offers visitors an experience that blends five centuries of news history with up-to-the-second technology and hands-on exhibits. Within its seven levels of galleries and theaters, the Newseum offers a unique environment that takes museum-goers behind the scenes to experience how and why news is made. The museum is ranked one of the top attractions in Washington D.C. Visit newseum.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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