Another balancing act for Section V high school sports

This school year, Section V put a policy in place that states that sports with girls and boys equivalents — soccer, volleyball, lacrosse, cross country, skiing, bowling and basketball, for example — are supposed to have similar, if not equal, awards and experiences.

In the time since the passing of Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, female athletes have grown up benefiting from gender equity opportunities guaranteed under the law. So how could something like this exist in 2017? Simple: Sponsorship dollars. The Section V boys basketball tournament acquired financial backers.

The differences in the postgame award celebrations always stood out to Clyde-Savannah boys basketball coach Tim Jackson, who watched two daughters and his son win Section V championships…

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Greece Athena’s Shawn Gaines, left, raises the championship trophy following the Section V Class A1 Championships played at the Blue Cross Arena on Sunday. Top-seeded Greece Athena defeated No. 3 Pittsford Sutherland. (Photo: ADRIAN KRAUS)

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