Connecticut Sun Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Title IX

Uncasville, CT (June 14, 2022) – The Connecticut Sun will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Title IX during its game against the New York Liberty on Wednesday, June 22 at 7:00 P.M. EST at Mohegan Sun Arena, in partnership with the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Events will be happening all night long to commemorate the special occasion. Representatives from the Basketball Hall of Fame will be in attendance, along with a slew of Hall of Famers to celebrate, including: Jody Conradt, Sylvia Hatchell, Cheryl Miller, Pearl Moore, Van Chancellor, Theresa Grentz, and Rebecca Lobo (who will be calling the game on ESPN). Connecticut Sun’s 20-year Season Ticket Members will have the opportunity to meet and greet these Hall of Famers before the game at an exclusive event in the Earth Suite in Mohegan Sun Arena.

“The Hall of Fame is honored to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Title IX in partnership with the Connecticut Sun. This Celebration ties directly into the mission of the Hall of Fame to recognize the historical context of certain moments that changed the game and this certainly is reflective of one of those key moments. We are proud to support our partners at the Connecticut Sun and Mohegan Sun and we look forward to welcoming many Hall of Famers to the game that night.” – John L. Doleva, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame President and CEO

As part of the celebration, the Connecticut Sun is hosting the Connecticut Sun Title IX Panel and Networking Event at the Vista Lounge at Mohegan Sun Casino. The event will begin with one hour of networking, followed by a panel discussion featuring moderator Clare Smith Marash and guest speakers Dr. Ann Olivarius, Carol Stiff, and Karen Issokson-Silver. The panel, which will be held under the themes of sports and sexual harassment, will be celebrating the legislation; discussing issues that women still face today (i.e. harassment at college, inequity, March Madness) and how to best advocate for change; and looking to understand more about pathways to justice and the work of the WNBA in ensuring a brighter future for all women.

Admission to the panel costs $50 and includes one (1) complimentary drink voucher and a ticket to the Sun vs Liberty game taking place directly after the event. Those interested in only attending the game can purchase a game ticket in section 104 or 111. Proceeds from those tickets will benefit the Women’s Sports Foundation. Additionally, each ticket purchased will accompany a free admission ticket to the Basketball Hall of Fame. To purchase tickets for the Title IX Panel and Networking Event, click here.

“We have terrific programming for our celebration of Title IX this year. Our guests have served as thought leaders and trailblazers for Title IX and the fight for equal access to sports and protections under the law. I couldn’t be more proud to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Title IX with women who have paved the way for me to be in the position that I am in. There is no WNBA or Connecticut Sun without this legislation and their sacrifices, so we are thrilled to be able to honor them that evening.” – Jen Rizzotti, Connecticut Sun President

Connecticut Sun Title IX Networking Event and Panel Event Overview:

Participants: 

Clare Smith Marash (moderator) – Clare Smith Marash is an award-winning writer and producer. She is a producer on 37 Words, a four-part series on Title IX, premiering June 21st on ESPN. Previously, she worked as a freelance writer and ran a literary arts organization that curated readings and events in New York City. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where she won a Hopwood Award in Short Fiction, and Columbia University, where she received a Masters of Fine Arts.

Dr. Ann Olivarius (panelist) – Dr. Ann Olivarius is recognized for her pioneering work in representing victims of sexual violence, sexual harassment, and discrimination in both the UK and USA. She established McAllister Olivarius in the UK in 1999 and AO Advocates, a firm specialising in cases of institutional child abuse, in 2011. Olivarius is one of Britain’s leading philanthropists and public speakers on women’s rights in business and academia.

Carol Stiff – Carol Stiff serves as an advisor for FAST Studios’ Women’s Sports Network and is the president of Stiff Sports Media Consulting, LLC, where she consults with brands and companies looking to get behind women’s sports. She is a 30+ year veteran of ESPN and Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame inductee credited with advancing the growth of women’s sports at the collegiate and professional level.

Karen Issokson-Silver – Karen Issokson-Silver brings 25+years in not-for-profit management to strategic planning, research, program/curriculum development, grant writing and evaluation. Karen’s professional experiences are aligned with her passions for public health, social justice, and philanthropy. Karen serves as VP, Research and Education at the Women’s Sports Foundation where she directs a robust research portfolio and development of digital training and educational resources.

Date: Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Time: 5:00-7:00 P.M.

Place: Vista Lounge, Mohegan Sun Casino 

Admission: Tickets $50 – includes panel, 1 complimentary drink voucher, and a ticket to the game.

Proceeds: Net proceeds benefit the Women’s Sports Foundation.

About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city where basketball was born, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting, preserving and celebrating the game of basketball at every level – men and women, amateur and professional players, coaches and contributors, both domestically and internationally. The Hall of Fame museum is home to more than 400 inductees and over 40,000 square feet of basketball history. Nearly 200,000 people visit the Hall of Fame museum each year to learn about the game, experience the interactive exhibits and test their skills on the Jerry Colangelo “Court of Dreams.” Best known for its annual marquee Enshrinement Ceremony honoring the game’s elite, the Hall of Fame also operates over 70 high school and collegiate competitions annually throughout the country and abroad. For more information on the Basketball Hall of Fame organization, its museum and events, visit www.hoophall.com, follow @hoophall, or call 1-877-4HOOPLA.

The Connecticut Sun is celebrating its 20th Anniversary as a franchise this year. For additional information or to purchase tickets, visit www.connecticutsun.com.

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