Listen to Mary Hill being interviewed by Richard Muscio (KFMB Radio) – Title IX

Listen to Mary Hill being interviewed by Richard Muscio (KFMB Radio) and Joe Vecchio on the 40th Anniversary of the signing of Title IX:

“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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Aired: 6/24/2012 6 PM: It’s a bonus hour of the show as Richard and Joe are joined by female athletics pioneer Mary Alice Hill, former Athletic Director of SDSU (1976-1985).

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Join Mary Alice Hill in a celebration of a life-changing event! Oceanside Amphitheatre on June-23 2012

Mary Alice Hill will speak!

Title IX turns 40 with a free celebration in Oceanside on June 23

Join us for this pivotal event marking the 40th anniversary of the legislative milestone that changed the lives of millions of American women. Title IX sprung from the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s and prohibited discrimination of women in education and all federally-funded programs. The law leveled the playing field for women in academics and athletics. Don’t miss this joyful celebration of women’s achievement, featuring dynamic speakers, live music & dance, vendor booths, elite athletes, sports teams and female leaders in business, education and sports. Bring your mothers, daughters, sisters and friends and toast with us the power of women!

Title IX pioneer, ex-Division I AD of men’s/women’s programs to speak

A heroine to all women in sports, Mary Alice Hill changed the course of history for female athletes. She will be among the speakers at the 40th anniversary celebration of Title IX in Oceanside. The free event is scheduled from 4-7 p.m. at the Oceanside Amphitheatre on June 23.

Perhaps Hill’s most significant contribution was seeing that women’s sports are televised and given equal funding by law. But, she is remembered for doing much more.

Hill was an international competitor in track and field, which led her to eventually train four Olympians and coach record-setting teams. In the first year that women could hold the title nationally, Hill became the first Director of Women’s Athletics at Colorado State University. She also was:

► the first to award an Athletic Scholarship for Women at CSU in 1973;
     ► the winner of a Title IX sex discrimination lawsuit in a landmark case..

In 1976, Hill became Associate Athletic Director of Women’s Athletics at San Diego State University, and in 1978 Associate Athletic Director for both Men and Women, another first. She became director in 1982, ten years before the next woman was appointed to that position.

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Motivational Speaker Mary Alice Hill Receiving the Living Legacy Awards 2011 in San Diego

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Motivational Speaker Mary Alice Hill: An Inspiration to Women in Sports

There are countless of motivational speakers going around in the industry of inspirational talks today. There are so many, in fact, that there’s too many to count and definitely too many to tell apart. There are motivational speakers that stand out from the crowd. Sometimes it’s because of their charisma that allows them to get the audience’s undivided attention. Other times it’s because of something extraordinary the speaker has done or been through. In this case, it’s a little bit of both.

Her name is Mary Alice Hill, a sports motivational speaker that get her drive from the thing she loves most: sports. What makes her an exceptional motivational speaker? Maybe it’s because of her obvious drive when she conducts talks all over the country. Her schedule lets her travel around and speak to thousands of athletes and teams about achieving their dreams. When she conducts these talks, her audience is enraptured with Mary Alice Hill. They simply hang on to her every word. Her casual approach is both appealing and is something athletes can relates to. This combination of the sports motivational speaker’s traits lets her make an impact on her audience. Her ability to be effective in her talks doesn’t just come from her innate talent to connect with people. In other words, it’s not just her personality that grabs people and inspires them. Her ability to connect with her audience comes from her inspiring story of the fight for women’s rights in sports.

Mary Alice Hill’s background set her up for what was to come, and it was all for her love of sports. The motivational speaker was a track and field athlete and training for the Olympic team. This experience allowed her to coach in the same sport. She coached four Olympians and was also able to train record setting teams. Her success as a coach then opened up doors for her when Colorado State University offered her the Director of Women’s Athletics position. This happened in the same year women were given equal rights in sports. Because of Mary Alice Hill, women were given sports scholarships in 1973.

This victory in gender equality would give more opportunity for Mary Alice Hill to continue the good fight. More victories would include a Title IX sex discrimination case that changed the landscape of the sports community and the country. Among her numerous achievements, one of her crowning moments is when Mary Alice Hill was voted into the National Collegiate Athletics Association.

Her journey in the fight for women’s rights took her far and that’s why athletes and anyone who’s listened to her is inspired. It’s not just because of her charisma. It’s because of her character.

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Professional Motivational Speakers: Mary Alice Hill Sports Pioneer

Mary Alice Hill, Sports Pioneer: First Accomplishments as a Woman in College Athletics

  • Mary A. Hill was given the title “Director of Women’s Athletics” at Colorado State University in 1972.  This was the first year of the implementation of Title IX that required equal rights for women in sports, so it was the first time that women were given this new professional title. Inspirational Speakers
  • Under Ms. Hill’s team leadership and due to Title IX, for the first time in US history, women were awarded Athletic Scholarships at Colorado State University in 1973. A monumental achievement that would forever alter the future of women in collegiate sports. Inspirational Speakers

  • In 1973 and 1974 at Colorado State University Ms. Hill was a Track and Field coach who coached two Olympians who broke several American records in both Indoor and Outdoor events.  Her Cross Country team placed second in the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women AIAW Championships. This was the first time in the history of Colorado State University that a men’s or women’s team placed that high, broke American records, AND had Olympians on their teams.
  • Ms. Hill filed and won a Title IX sex discrimination lawsuit against Colorado State University.  This became a landmark case that set new standards for women throughout the United States.  To this day, compliance officers review campuses to make sure campuses are in compliance with Title IX.
  • Under Ms. Hill’s direction, the first Athletic Scholarships for women were presented in 1976 at San Diego State University. The future for women in sports would never be the same. Women Inspirational Motivational Speakers
  • Ms. Hill is the first female in US history to be appointed Associate Athletic Director for both Men and Women at a Division 1A University, at San Diego State University, in 1978. Women Inspirational Motivational Speakers
  • Ms. Hill was a founding member of The Council of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators, which was formed in 1979, amid gender equity conflicts. The name was changed in 1992 to the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators.
  • Ms. Hill initiated a meeting with Walter Byers, Executive Director of the NCAA, National Collegiate Athletic Association, in 1980, to encourage the NCAA to offer opportunities to women in their 75 year male- dominated organization. Her historic meeting was successful and the NCAA would go on to include women.
  • In large part because of Ms. Hill’s undying determination, the NCAA membership voted to bring women into the organization in 1981.  The first Championships were held in 1982, which opened the door for women to finally have scholarships like their male colleagues.  Events for women were televised for the first time ever under the guidance of the NCAA.  In 1982, women in the United States began to have same opportunities as the men have had for 75 years, since 1907.
  • Ms. Hill authored a Gender Equity Policy Procedures Manual at San Diego State University for the Men’s and Women’s Athletic Department.  This single original manual ended up serving as a guide for many national colleges and Universities – as Women’s Athletics were merged with the Men’s Athletic Departments.
  • In 1982, Ms. Hill developed a Drug and Alcohol Education Program with the assistance of the McDonald Center (Substance Abuse Treatment Program).  This was introduced as a pilot program for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to Colleges and Universities.
  • In 1983, a Drug and Alcohol Testing Program was developed with the assistance of the McDonald Center.  This was introduced as a pilot program for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to Colleges and Universities across the nation.
  • In 1983, Ms. Hill was nominated from the floor of the National Collegiate Athletic Association for the position of (NCAA) Council Member and won.  This had never happened before and has not happened since.  This was the first year that women had equal representation in this 75-year-old organization.
  • Ms. Hill approved – for the first time – salary increases that would provide equal pay for the Coaches of the Women’s Athletic Program at San Diego State University. Women Inspirational Motivational Speakers
  • Ms. Hill was appointed Director of Athletics for Men and Women at San Diego State University – a Division 1A NCAA University.  This would be 10 years prior to any other woman being appointed Director of Athletics at a Division 1A NCAA Institution.
  • Ms. Hill served as President of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) men’s conference.  This was the first time a woman Athletic Director ever represented a member school within the WAC.  Ms. Hill proudly served as President of this all-male Conference.
  • Ms. Hill was appointed by the National Collegiate Athletic Association to serve as Chairperson for the Women’s Track and Field Committee to assist in the merger of the Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Programs.  Ironically, the first meeting for the combined committee was held at the Playboy Resort in Wisconsin.
  • Another important first is that in 1985 Ms. Hill was the first woman to ever be fired as Director of Athletics, at San Diego State University.  Sadly, never again would she work in Collegiate athletics.
  • The number one Sports news story of the year in 1985 in San Diego was Ms. Hill’s termination at San Diego State University.
  • After a career re-orientation in 1990, Ms. Hill was appointed Director, Recreation Division, Marine Corp Base, Camp Pendleton.  She is the first woman and first civilian to ever serve in this position. She tells the story that when she got the job during her interview, her superior responded to concerned colleagues that “When Jesus Christ walks in the door for a job, you don’t say no.” Women Inspirational Motivational Speakers
  • Ms. Hill founded “Operation Desert Shield – Support Walk” in 1992 to support our military families.  The introduction of this historic walk was at a Padres Baseball game in San Diego. Motivational Speakers…

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Motivational Speaker Mary Alice Hill – Pioneer in Sports, Overcoming Gender Bias

Mary Hill on Leveling the Playing Field for Women in Sports

My first job after graduate school was at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.  This was the first year of Title IX (1972 Equal Opportunity in Education), so many colleges were finally giving women the title of  Women’s Athletic Director.  At this time, the women’s program was in the Department of  Physical Education and reported to the Department Chair. The men’s program, on the other hand, was in the Department of Athletics and reported to the President of the University.  At that time, the Athletic Department could hire male coaches and give them the title “coach” and equivalent pay.  The Physical Education Department could hire teachers that would also coach, but the pay would be for teaching, not coaching.

In my case, I was hired as a Physical Education Instructor that would not have the position if I could not have coached Track and Field.  Since this was the first year of Title IX, I also carried simultaneously the titles of Director of Women’s Athletics, Director of Women’s Intramurals, Coach Women’s Track and Field, and Physical Education Instructor.  Conversely, in the Department of Athletics, not only was the Athletic Director a full time position, but both the Director of Men’s Intramurals and the men’s Track and Field Coach were full time positions.

The funding for the men’s Athletic Department was $3 Million, while the funding for the women’s program was only $5,500, yet both were members of the Rocky Mountain Conference.  The women’s athletics had to pay for uniforms and food as well as travel by university van, and coaches sometimes drove all night because there was no money for motels.  In addition to all this inequality, there were no athletic scholarships for women.

Training and event facilities for women and men were also quite different.  The women were given the old gymnasium and some outdoor facilities, while the men had the new gymnasium and additional outdoor facilities which included an all-weather track, a weight room, and athletic trainers that the women were not allowed to use.  While I was Track and Field coach,not only did we have three seasons to train and compete, but also cross-country, indoor and outdoor sports, and we had 36 events during my last year there.  It ended up being my personal responsibility to raise money for the team to even get to the National Championships.  My graduate work was at Texas Woman University where I was Assistant Track and Field Coach. It was clear that this picture was not right: the women’s athletics departments across the US were definitely not being treated fairly. I made it my job to do something about it.

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Mary Alice Hill – A heroine to the Sports community

A heroine to all women in Sports, Mary Alice Hill has changed the course of history by seeing that women’s sports are televised and given equal funding by law. She was an international competitor in Track and Field, which led her to eventually train four Olympians and coach record-setting teams. She was the first Director of Women’s Athletics in the first year women were given this title nationally, at Colorado State University; the first to award an Athletic Scholarship for Women at CSU in 1973; won a Title IX sex discrimination lawsuit in a landmark case that set new standards. In 1976, Ms. Hill became Associate Athletic Director of Women’s Athletics at San Diego State University, and in 1978 Associate Athletic Director for both Men and Women, a first, including becoming Director in 1982, ten years before the next woman was appointed to that position. She brought new opportunities for women in a 75 year male-dominated organization (NCAA), including scholarships, televised events and the same opportunities as men. She even authored a Gender Equity Policy Procedures Manual at SDSU for the Men’s and Women’s program, which became a guide for colleges. She assured equal pay for the women coaches at SDSU. Ms. Hill was also President of the Western Athletic Conference, which consisted of all male Athletic Directors, and was elected to the prestigious National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Council, and this opened the door for women achieving equality in this field.

Mary Hill developed the first Drug and Alcohol Education and Testing Program (1982, ‘83) with assistance of the McDonald Center. This was a pilot program for all National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) member schools. She was also the Woman/Civilian Director of the Recreation Division at the Marine Corp Base at Camp Pendleton, CA, where she founded “Operation Desert Shield – Support Walk” in support of our military families. She even kicked off a Padres Game in San Diego and was a founding Member of the Council of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators. With $35m project clients like Disney, Ms. Hill currently excels in Economic Development, Community Development, Tourism, Downtown Revitalization, Grant Writing and City Government. We celebrate her many historic accomplishments, a woman who has been called the most powerful woman in athletics.

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