Middlebury

Film about Title IX pioneer, "A Hero for Daisy," to screen Jan. 19

January 16, 2007

Event Calendar Listing
Friday, Jan. 19
2 p.m.

Dana Auditorium, located in Sunderland Language Center on College Street (Route 125)

Free and open to the public

The film "A Hero for Daisy" will be shown in Dana Auditorium on Friday, Jan. 19, at 2 p.m. Hailed by The New York Times as a "landmark film" and "fantastic" by Sports Illustrated, the 40-minute film recalls the efforts of Title IX pioneer and two-time Olympian Chris Ernst. The screening and lecture are part of a winter term class organized by Middlebury College Coach Bill Beaney and titled "Coaching Young Athletes."

Ernst, who galvanized her college women's rowing team to storm the Yale athletic director's office in 1976 and protest the lack of athletic facilities for women, is a celebrated icon of Title IX, the legislation enacted in 1972 mandating gender equity for all institutions receiving federal aid. The critically acclaimed and award-winning "A Hero for Daisy" aired nationwide on ESPN, Oxygen and on WGBH Boston, and in thousands of classrooms across the country. The NCAA recently ordered copies of this film for all Division I and III schools nationwide as part of a program to boost graduation rates, increase self-esteem, and prepare athletes for life off the field.

Mary Mazzio wrote, directed and produced the film, and will introduce the screening as well as lead a lecture and discussion afterward. For more information, contact Bill Beaney at 802-443-5268 or beaney@middlebury.edu.