Title IX is a section of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 that prohibited sex discrimination against students and employees of educational institutions. A major effect of the law has been to significantly increase opportunities for young women and girls to participate in athletics. DCPS and the DCIAA are committed to the goal of promoting gender equity and complying with all Title IX regulations.
Promoting Gender Equity
Ensuring Equitable Opportunity
DCPS regularly collects and monitors data on student-athlete participation to ensure proportional participation at the school and district-level. We have expanded sports offerings in recent years to provide more opportunities to young women and girls.
Safe Participation and Title IX Training
All student-athletes should feel safe and comfortable when participating in sports. In addition to our sports medicine program, we work to ensure that schools, coaches, and volunteers are aware of gender equity best practices and how to prevent and respond to sexual harassment.
We recently completed a partnership with FC Barcelona that provided training for high school and middle school athletes. A major component of the partnership was a trip to Barcelona for a team of young women representing every DCPS high school. During the trip, players participated in training, played against a local team, and were able to attend an FC Barcelona game.
National Girls and Women in Sports Day
DCPS celebrates National Girls and Women in Sports Day to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of female athletes and the positive influence that athletics has on the development of young women. We hold an annual luncheon at Capital One Arena to recognize members of the DC female sports community. Past speakers have included Sarah Barnes, the successful women's soccer coach at George Washington University, and Cheryl Weaver, a native Washington who was a three-sport athlete at Sidwell Friends and won a NCAA Volleyball Championship at Long Beach State University
The DCSAA has more information on Title IX in the district, including laws and regulations.