COLUMN: Generations of vibrant American girls and women, as well as those from countries worldwide, will always be grateful to Senator Ted Kennedy, a beautiful skier, sailor, football and tennis player, for being a champion of women’s rights. He was pivotal in providing equality in education through Title 1X of the 1972 Education Amendments Act.

The law opened up millions of new opportunities in all educational endeavors, including sports, and therefore life. Thanks to the sporty women in his family, like sister Eunice, Special Olympics founder, he also knew that moms are key to getting American Families joyfully healthy. God bless Ted Kennedy!

Bilie Jean King, Donna de Varona and Suzy Chaffee

(L-R) On the front lines of Title 1X with Sen. Ted Kennedy, were Women’s Sports Foundation legends Donna de Varona, here at DC’s Women in Sports Day. Photo: Women’s Sport Foundation…
…along with, below, (L-R) Billie Jean King and Suzy “Chapstick” Chaffee.
L-R Photo credits: Jonathon Xley, Sunny Griffin.

Billie Jean King Suzy Chaffee

Images used with permission.

Suzy "Chapstick" Chaffee Bio - as first woman on the USOC board in the 70s, she led the successful reform of the Olympic Rules with Legends like Bill Bradley, Muhammad Ali, Jack Kelly, Kip Keino, which leveled the playing fields with the government supported countries through Madison Ave, then led the Title IX March in DC. In 1996 she co-founded the Native American Olympic Team Foundation that has inspired ski areas across the US and Canada to invite tribal youth to share the joy of skiing with over 10,000 youth, which inspires their Elders to lead snowdances that have saved ski areas from droughts for 55 years. At the request of SLOC, she orchestrated a snowdance that restored their snow and also a Native ceremony with Ali, that protected Utah from expected terrorism, and every Olympics since then, including RIO!