NBC Chicago’s Sports Sunday commemorates 50 years of Title IX

As we approach the 50th anniversary of Title IX, NBC Chicago’s Sports Sunday will air Part II of the 4 part series 37 Words on Sunday, June 12 at 10:30pm. The weekly special reports will continue all month during Sports Sunday on NBC Chicago. 

The series will examine Title IX, a law made up of 37 powerful words that had a profound impact on women’s rights in world of education and athletics. Each story will be narrated by Sarah Kustok, an Orland Park native, a Division 1 athlete at DePaul University and the first woman to become a full-time NBA analyst. Viewers will get an in-depth look at the historic achievements and struggles of women in sports. 37 Words will feature former Senator and Governor Evan Bayh, Sports Broadcaster Peggy Kusinski, Chicago Bears Executive Karen Murphy, Sports Journalist Melissa Isaacson, Retired Race Car Driver and Former IndyCar Team Owner Sarah Fisher, Olympic Gold Medalist and Professional Hockey Player Kendall Coyne and many more local coaches and athletes.

“Title IX paved the way for so many of the legends we know today. Our team at NBC Chicago is proud to highlight the female trailblazers in the sports arena, while recognizing the gender gaps that still exist in 2022,” said John Schippman, VP of Sports Content at NBCUniversal Local Chicago.

Sunday, June 5

37 Words: Part I will focus on the 1972 legislation of Title IX and the impact on educational and athletic opportunities for millions of American girls and women. 

Sunday, June 12

Part II of the series will honor the “game changers” who played and continue to play an important role in advancing the tenants of Title IX.

Sunday, June 19

Part III will dissect the gender disparities still felt today, like equal pay, TV accessibility and more.

Sunday, June 26

Part IV will look ahead at the next quest for true gender equality sports and profile the women who have benefitted from Title IX and are now paying it forward for the next generation.


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