Welcome to the World Baby Girl

Collegiate Athletics Promotional Video 2018

Duration 2:00

Forty five years ago, the Education Amendments of 1972 co-authored by Birch Byah crossed the desk of President Richard Nixon. Inside the large education bill were 37 words that made a difference in the lives of every woman who desired to expand her educational options. And those words made a particular impact on collegiate sports across America – the language 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 educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance." For the University of San Francisco, and USF Athletics, those words helped pave the road for successful collegians regardless of gender to head to the Hilltop and pursue their dreams, whether in the classroom, through competitive athletics programs, or both. Here in the debut of "Welcome to the World, Baby Girl," you'll see some of those pursuits for the women wearing Green and Gold. Through triumph and tribulation, these athletes have risen to the occasion, and represented themselves and the University in the best ways possible. This rise to the top, and pursuit to go even further, will be on full display all season as we take our fans on an historical journey on what these 37 words mean to all who have competed for the Dons. You'll hear from current and former administrators, coaches and student-athletes as they reflect on the rise through our weekly Tuesday Testimonial webisodes, and other featured content by Emmy-winning director of creative video, Katie Morgan. The opportunity for these pioneers to come back to campus is in the offing this fall, where we will all stand together to honor USF's first female national champion, Charlotte Taylor, at the USF vs. BYU women's soccer match on Oct. 14. Through their own words, dozens of passionate, driven, risk-taking women will tell their story, culminating in a feature documentary this spring that will be debuted exclusively to Dons' fans on our digital media platforms and then aired on NBC Sports California in a special edition of "Behind the Mask." In conjunction with National Girls and Women in Sports Day in early February, "The Rise" will showcase the growth of a program, and ignite all of us to imagine what was once unimaginable for those born with the XX chromosome set. Join us in this journey as it starts at the very beginning - welcome to the world, baby girl.