EVANSTON, Ill. -- As a prime example of the opportunities afforded by the landmark Title IX legislation, Northwestern head lacrosse coach and nine-time NCAA champion Kelly Amonte Hiller will be at the White House Wednesday to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the historic act.
The White House Council on Women and Girls will host the commemorative event in Washington, D.C., bringing together women and men from many fields that have been greatly impacted by the passing of Title IX in 1972. Athletes, coaches, educators, administrators and many other prominent figures from the world of college athletics will meet to celebrate the achievements of those whose gateways to sports were opened by Title IX.
Amonte Hiller competed at the highest level for the University of Maryland during her collegiate playing days, earning All-America honors in both women's lacrosse and soccer and captaining the Terps to back-to-back NCAA lacrosse championships in 1995 and 1996. She went on to star for nearly a decade with the United States Women's National Team, leading the U.S. to World Cup titles in 1997 and 2001 and earning a spot in the 2012 National Lacrosse Hall of Fame class announced last month.
Since beginning her head coaching career at NU before the 2002 season, Amonte Hiller has been a major catalyst in the growth of women's lacrosse, bringing the sport to new nationwide audiences and garnering mainstream media coverage throughout her team's run of seven championships in eight years. In just a short time, her mentorship has provided professional opportunities for hundreds of young women, including a dozen of her former players and assistants now coaching women's lacrosse at the Division I level.
A live online video stream of the event will be available throughout the event, scheduled for 1-3 p.m. Wednesday. Access the live video by visiting WhiteHouse.gov/live Wednesday afternoon. Additionally, watch the YouTube video below to learn more about Amonte Hiller's contributions to women's athletics as a Title IX Trailblazer.