Lady Jags win as university celebrates Title IX’s 50th anniversary

Augusta University’s women’s basketball team defeated Flager College Saturday 68-52 at Christenberry Fieldhouse in a game designated to mark the 50th anniversary of Title IX.

Beth McKee Meyer, Debbie Born and Dr. Lawanna Monday, Augusta University’s top three leading scorers, were honored at the Jan. 21 game at Christenberry Fieldhouse. The Augusta University women’s team defeated Flagler College 68-52. Photo by Mike Adams

Signed by President Richard Nixon on June 23, 1972, Title IX states: “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 education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

While it doesn’t specifically mention sports, “the Department of Health, Education and Welfare determined that because educational institutions receive federal funding, all aspects of the school’s operations were covered by Title IX, including sports,” according to a news release from Augusta University

That ruling led to the establishment of Augusta University’s women’s athletics in 1973. During the half, Augusta University recognized the college’s top three leading female scorers — Beth McKie Meyer, Debbie Born and Dr. Lawanna Monday-Harden.

The basketball team upped its record to 12-6 overall Saturday.

Tomiyah Alford of Augusta University attempts a shot against Flagler on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023 at Christenberry Fieldhouse in Augusta. Photo by Mike Adams

Mike Adams is the recipient of multiple Georgia Press Association Awards for his sports photography.