The sports media voices of Title IX: Ann Liguori

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Ann Ligouri’s email signature includes the following:

== President, Ann Liguori Productions, Sports Innerview Radio & Television properties
== Golf & Tennis Correspondent, WFAN RadioSports
== Talk Show Host, ‘Sports Innerview with Ann Liguori,’ Saturday mornings,
9-10am EST
== Columnist,
== Author, ‘A Passion for Golf, Celebrity Musings About the Game.’
== President, Ann Liguori Foundation

Then she has to add: “Please “like” my FACEBOOK PAGE:”

We’ve liked Ligouri for as long as we can remember, for her hustle, passion and, as we’re trying to point out here, one of the 40 women over the last 40 years who’ve raised the bar in the sports media.

The first woman on WFAN radio to host a sports call-in show (’89 to ’06) is still covering golf and tennis for the station.The upcoming U.S. Open at Flushing Meadows will be her 30th time at the event, going back to ABC Radio Sports. She was also only the fourth female celebrity to play in the PGA Tour’s Bob Hope Classic in 2011.

Here’s how she likes her life these days in light how how Title IX opened doors for her:

I believe that my success as a broadcaster, author, journalist, producer and business woman is mostly due to my development as an athlete at a young age and what one learns from training and competing.

My memories of junior high (7th and 8th grade) — having no girl’s sports teams to compete on while the guys had everything — were quite traumatic! I was always the first one picked in sports with the guys because of my natural athletic abilities. And then to get to junior high and have no sports teams to compete on, was crushing! My Dad and I organized a girl’s track team from our school to compete in AAU meets. But I can’t tell you how devastating it was not to have organized sports teams for girls in my junior high school at that time, relegated to watching the boys compete from the sidelines!

Thank goodness Title IX impacted our high school and by ninth grade, my first year in high school, the school offered girl’s basketball, volleyball and track and field. I competed in all of them and ended up earning 16 Varsity Letters — four sports per year, all four years! But the tennis team was still an all-boy’s team. I tried out for the team, played Varsity all four years and played number one singles on the boy’s Varsity tennis team my senior year. I do believe that experience — competing with and against boys — gave me incredible insight that I’ve utilized my entire sports career.

But without Title IX, my high school probably would not have offered the variety of sports programs that they had by the time I got there. I’ve always wanted to be a sports broadcaster and interviewer, and my years competing in sports on a variety of teams, thanks to Title IX, provided me with the experiences and education that I’ve used throughout my broadcasting and business career.

I am who I am today because of my experiences as an athlete. Developing as an athlete from an early age, so much of what I learned while competing in a variety of sports — what it takes to compete, to win, to overcome adversity, to tackle challenges, remain positive, focus, mental toughness, the ‘team’ aspect, sportsmanship, etc. — I’ve used while building my sports broadcasting career as a sport’s talk show host, interviewing some of the greatest sports legends in the world — from Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams and Wilt Chamberlain to Billie Jean King, Annika Sorenstam and Tim Tebow. The lessons I learned as an athlete laid the groundwork for who I am as a person and how I run my business. Thank Goodness Title IX was passed before I got to high school!

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