U.S. women's basketball team members wear their gold medals

In this Aug. 4, 1996, file photo, U.S. women's basketball team members wear their gold medals during ceremonies at the Centennial Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta. From left are Jennifer Azzi, Lisa Leslie, Carla McGhee, Katy Steding and Sheryl Swoopes. That team, which started training together in 1995, was the foundation for the launch of the ABL and the WNBA. They are the subject of Kristen Lappas' ESPN documentary which columnist Howard Herman says is must see TV.

Title IX, the game-changing policy that opened up equal opportunities in athletics for women, reads this way.

“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

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Howard Herman can be reached at hherman@berkshireeagle.com or 413-496-6253.

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Howard Herman is a sports columnist at The Berkshire Eagle. The dean of full-time sportswriters in Western Mass., he has been with the Eagle since 1988, and is a member of the New England Baseball and Basketball Hall of Fame.