FLORENCE - The University of North Alabama has announced a $50 for 50 campaign to support UNA women’s athletic programs in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the passage of Title IX.  

Title IX is the landmark gender equity law enacted as part of the Education Amendments of 1972, banning sex discrimination in federally-funded education programs. The legislation requires public schools to ensure equitable sports opportunities to students, regardless of gender, and has created greater involvement of women in sports. 

As part of UNA honoring Title IX’s 50th anniversary, members of the public are invited to partner with Lion Athletics by giving a gift of $50 or more to support the women’s programs, providing resources that will continue to shape the trajectory of the university’s eight women’s programs and assist them as they continue to grow and evolve.

Also, in partnership with UNA’s First Lady, Dena Kitts, the $50 for 50 campaign is offering the unique opportunity to gain membership to the Women of Influence program through a gift of $250. This gift will include the cost of the membership to Women of Influence and provide $50 for UNA women’s athletics. 

“Title IX is an important, inclusive milestone in athletics,” said Kitts. “Its impact on gender equity has changed and challenged the fabric of collegiate sports nationwide for the better.

“As we celebrate this transformative legislation, I am honored to partner with UNA Athletics in this meaningful way,” Kitts added. “The philanthropic principles of Women of Influence directly align with Title IX’s purpose. It is my privilege and responsibility to dedicate financial resources to support, encourage, and enhance the opportunities for our female student-athletes.”

Since women’s sport programs began at UNA in the late 1960s, the women’s teams have won 31 conference championships, seven regional championships and two NCAA National Championships. In all, 49 UNA women’s athletic teams have advanced to NCAA post-season tournaments.  

“This initiative and partnership with the Women of Influence program is symbolic of the prominent voices that women have on campus, and in athletics,” said Payton Haslam, Director of Development for the UNA Athletic Department. “We want to continue building a culture of sustained excellence for our female student-athletes and celebrate the incredible history of women’s sports at UNA. It brings me great joy knowing that generous support will provide additional resources for our women’s programs.” 

To donate to the $50 for 50 effort, visit https://www.una.edu/advancement/50for50.html