Letter — Wrestlers not the bad guys
Thank you for the timely editorial “Altering Title IX is a bad idea.” The South Tahoe Wrestling Club season is starting Jan. 6.
Title IX was initially designed to equalize money spent for male and female athletics. The thrust of your article was the possible harmful effects the amateur wrestling community may do with review and possible altering the 30-year-old Title IX law. One other view is the amateur wrestling community is trying to change the blatant common sense corruption by special interest groups that have infiltrated Title IX’s gender equating sports intent. It is the special interest groups that have lost common sense, obscured the original and good intent of Title IX. Now let me simply describe what the local and national wrestling communities have been promoting.
To start with, I fully agree that Title IX was necessary and a great idea. I have, along with many other wrestling coaches, have been promoting and coaching the South Tahoe Wrestling Club for boys and girls since 1994. For the past eight years, the South Tahoe Wrestling Club has encouraged both genders from 5 years old to open division. Every year I can remember we have had female wrestlers on our team. South Tahoe High School occasionally has a female wrestler on its team. The reality is female high school and intercollegiate wrestling enrollment is rapidly rising.
It is possible that by not changing Title IX’s current misguided direction, the author will be taking part in eliminating a growing female sport in this country. Hopefully, I have given you enough information for you to reach a new opinion.
Now is not the time to defeat a process that actually is being solved from within. I can not effect the national level of Title IX but I can be part of the local solution. Please join me solving a Title IX issue and give the local female wrestling team support and give females participate sport of their choice.
South Lake Tahoe
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