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Legal Advocate for Gender Equity in Sports to Speak at Moravian

Nancy Hogshead-Makar, Olympic Triple Gold Medalist, to Address Title IX and Women in Sports

BETHLEHEM, Pa. October 26, 2004 -- Nancy Hogshead-Makar, a three-time Olympic gold medalist, and leading gender-equity advocate in athletics, will present, “Achieving Gender Equality in Athletic Departments” on Thursday, October 28, at 8 p.m., in the Dana Lecture Hall, Collier Hall of Science. The lecture is open to the public and admission is free.

Earlier in the day, Moravian will hold a Q&A Session with student athletes at 4 p.m. in the Snyder Room, Haupert Union Building.

Hogshead-Makar is a professor of law at the Florida Coastal School of Law, and a former 3-time Olympic Champion swimmer. As an advocate for Title IX, federal legislation that ensures women have equal opportunities in sports, Hogshead-Makar has spent much of her career fighting for gender equality in sports.

Hogshead-Makar capped eight years as a world-class swimmer at the 1984 Olympics, where she won three gold medals and one silver medal, more than any other swimmer. Hogshead-Makar teaches torts and sports law at the Florida Coastal School of Law, where she has been a high profile advocate of gender equity in sports. She is one of the nation's foremost exponents of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, particularly within the context of intercollegiate sports. A former president of the Women's Sports Foundation, she has testified in Congress numerous times on the topic of gender equity in athletics and has been a frequent guest on national news programs including 60 Minutes, CNN, Good Morning America, ESPN. In private practice at Holland & Knight LLP, she represented student-athletes and universities in Title IX matters with the primary goal of achieving legal compliance without litigation. In addition to her teaching duties, Hogshead-Makar is the founding director of a legal advocacy center for women in sports. The center focuses on legal issues surrounding athletic opportunities at high schools and colleges, equal pay for female coaches, and sexual harassment within athletic departments.

Since 1984, she has been lecturing around the world about asthma management, earning the title of National Spokesperson for the American Lung Association. She wrote Asthma and Exercise, the first comprehensive book on the topic of asthma and sports, in 1990. The book includes inspirational stories of other world-class athletes who have overcome their asthmatic conditions to reach the highest levels of achievement.

In recognition of her contributions to sports, she was inducted into the Hall of Fame for the National Association for Sports and Physical Education in 1993 and the International Scholar-Athlete Hall of Fame in 2001. She has been inducted into seven halls of fame, including the International Swimming Hall of Fame, and was ranked Florida's 13th greatest athlete of the 20th century by Sports Illustrated in 2000.

An honors graduate of Duke University with majors in political science and women's studies, she holds her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

The Collier Hall of Science is located on Locust Street between Main and Monocacy Streets on Moravian’s Main Street Campus. The lecture is sponsored by the Economics and Business Department; Physical Education Department, Athletics and Recreation; IMPACT, and Arts and Lectures. For more information, call 610-1491.