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Transcript linda strikes out By Jan Harlan Linda Williams, an 18-year-old Wheatley High School senior, filed suit against the Universal Intrascholastic League (UTL) and the Houstor Independent School District (HISD) because she was not allowed to play on the boy's varsity baseball team. But she hopes to be back in the ball- game soon. "Toward the end of February our baseball coach, Eugene Jones, told me I couldn't play ball or even practice with the boys after March 1," Linda said. She had previously been told she would be allowed to work out and practice with the varsity team until March 23 in accordance with an agreement with the UIL director. That agreement was made in early February, Linda said. "1 suppose they cut my time short because March 1 marks the official beginning of our season and I'm not allowed to participate in any competition," Linda said. Quinton Smith, one of Linda's attorneys, said Linda is an outstanding athlete. "Linda has the capacity to make the guys play their best," he said. "She has a natural grace and strength for all kinds of sports. She's on the girls' basketball varsity team and has lettered in three sports," Smith said. What is in question is compliance with Title IX of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act passed in 1972. Title IX bans all sex discrimination by educational institutions receiving federal money. That includes virtually every facility from kindergartens to colleges. UIL and HISD are in violation of Title IX regulations requiring equal sports opportunities for boys and girls, Smith said. 'The conflict is not only applicable to The conflict is not only applicable to The conflict is not only applicable to Title IX. It applies to violations of the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments of the United States Constitution, Smith said. Linda said she had always played baseball with the boys as a child and now at Wheatley the boys ask when she can play again. "I just tell them I don't know. I'm never told much of anything." Linda feels her only recourse is to sit back and wait. She is aware this controversy could eventually change the entire athletic program in high schools throughout Texas. "I really want to see a change. At first I didn't feel discriminated against but now I see it really is an unfair situation," Linda said. "If the provisions of Title IX have been made they should be enforced," Linda said. "It seems the number one concern for women in sports is that such rough activity will somehow damage their reproductive organs," according to the president of the Coach's league in Chicago, Bonnie Beach. "Women, however, are built better for this kind of activity than men because of their pelvic structure," Beach said. "The pelvic structure provides sturdy protection. Males, however, are much more vulnerable in this area," Beach said. The coaching executive said the only difference between males and females in sports is that males dissipate heat more quickly. Otherwise, Beach claims, they are equally competent. "I'm optimistic though," Smith said. "At this point it is imperative we meet with the district executive committee which is composed of principals from HISD 4-A schools. The principal of Wheatley, A. C. Herald, will have to initiate this action," Smith said. "If the majority votes for her to play, then we'll see Linda play varsity ball this Spring. If there is a disagreement, we'll write the state district committee," Smith said. "Sports is a form of self-expression for Linda and I feel if she is shut off in this area she will suffer irreparable damage," Smith said. Linda is planning to attend Sam Houston State University as a physical education major. : But what about professional athletics? "I don't know of any opportunities for women in the field of baseball in the United States," Linda said. 'They have a few teams in Europe, though. I guess I'd like to have the opportunity to make that kind of living in sports. But first I have to tackle high school baseball-it's important now." o CO c CI -J—J •±-J r X C.J fU jO Q_ ^__ o Ci in w _) O c _c zr £ "1 QJ O- — 3 DJ CD Q_ QJ r$ -u zr Ul n __ Ul Z) Ul LINDA WILLIAMS / Texas says aye to the ERA March 31,1972 6th ANNIVERSARY ERA PARTY Sponsored by Women Across Texas , in support of PRICE DANIEL, JR. candidate for attorney general Price Daniel, Jr.'s record of public service as state representative, Speaker of the House and President of the Constitutional Convention reflects a commitment to equal rights. He voted for passage of the state and federal equal rights amendment and opposed subsequent efforts to rescind. He supports a state civil rights act and has proposed setting up a special task force within the Attorney General's office to insure that state laws are in compliance with the equal rights amendment to the Texas Constitution. Women across Texas will demonstrate their unified support for Price Daniel, Jr. in Houston on March 31. You can be an important part of this effort by sending a sponsor check for $15 to Price Daniel, Jr. Campaign, attention, Brenda Loudermilk, 4600 Main, Second Floor, Houston 77002. Or you may contact a member of the planning committee in your city. Austin Ann Richards Joellen Snow ^ March 31, 1978 Houston, Texas Location to be announced 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. Planning Committee Houston Gertrude Barnstone Helen Copitka Linda Cryer Joyce Cragg Judith Guthrie Jackie Petterway Olga Soliz El Paso Bonnie Lesley Dallas Herrhine Tobolowsky Sponsorships $15 Admission $2 Cash Bar Entertainment & March 1978 HOUSTON BREAKTHROUGH Page 3