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ETSU athletics to present first ever Spherion PathMaker Award
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Annual luncheon will honor individuals who have contributed
to providing equal opportunity for women
The Spherion PathMaker Award will be given annually to an individual who has contributed significantly to the development and success of young women, and to the advancement of opportunities for all women in their chosen field of endeavor. The award specifically celebrates the importance that participation in sports has in developing character, confidence and self esteem for today's young women. Recognizing that the stereotype of the female has changed dramatically since the inception of Title IX legislation, we now have an entire generation of parents who overwhelmingly encourage their daughters as they participate in sports.
"We see everyday in our work at ETSU athletics just how life changing the educational and competitive experience can be for our student-athletes," said ETSU Associate Athletic Director Jo Anne Paty. "Over the last four decades, those opportunities have vastly improved for females. We hope this award does even more to recognize those achievements."
The luncheon's keynote speaker will be Beth Bass, a 1984 graduate of ETSU and former women's basketball player for the Lady Buccaneers. Currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), Bass has enjoyed a highly successful career as both a college athletic administrator and a marketing executive for worldwide athletic apparel companies such as Nike and Converse. A recipient of ETSU's Award of Honor, which recognizes Outstanding Alumni for their accomplishments and representation of the institution, Bass certainly represents the values that the Spherion PathMaker Award will represent.
"We are so proud that Beth will be able to return to ETSU and speak at this inaugural event," said ETSU Associate Athletic Director Barbie Breedlove. "She is an example to both our student-athletes, as well as those of us already working in our chosen field, of all the opportunities that are now available to women thanks to legislation such as Title IX. The world has certainly changed in just the last 36 years, and Beth is a real world example of how things have improved."
Tickets to the hour-long event, which is scheduled to begin at , are free of charge and space is limited. Individuals wishing to attend the event can call 423-439-8398. Media questions or reservations to attend can be made by contacting Michael White at 439-4220 or e-mailing White at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spherion recognizes the need for stronger work force development and the benefits of being associated with programs that ensure the success of both female and male workers. Because there is a great deal of research showing that participation in athletic programs has a positive impact on educational achievement and can lead to higher wages later in life, Spherion is a proud supporter of the ETSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.
The Buccaneer Athletic Scholarship Association's mission is to fund athletic scholarships at ETSU, and BASA holds as its core value that no goal exceeds the mandate to educate and graduate the student-athlete. The expanding role of women in our society makes scholarship support of the female student-athlete a high priority, and equally as important to the continued support of scholarship funding for male student athletes.
Beth Bass became Chief Executive Officer of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) on Nov. 1, 2001. Only the second individual to assume this position in the 20-year history of the WBCA, Bass is the successor of Betty F. Jaynes who retired in November 2000 from the organization she helped found. Bass assumed the role of CEO of the organization as originally stipulated during her hire by the WBCA Board of Directors in late 1996. She originally joined the WBCA in January 1997 as Executive Director.