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Champion of women’s equity in college sports to be honored

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The first women's athletics director at the University of Iowa will be recognized for her efforts in women intercollegiate sports.

Christine H. B. Grant, will be the recipient of this year's 50-50 in 2020 Equity for Women Award, in acknowledgement of her efforts to level the playing field for women participating in intercollegiate sports.

In 1972, a federal law prohibited discrimination on the basis of gender in schools that received federal funding.

Grant, who was women's athletics director from 1973-2000 at Iowa, is recognized as a pioneer in intercollegiate athletics and championing Title IX.

Grant was named one of the 100 Most Influential Sports Educators in America by the Institute of International Sport, in 2007.

At the University of Iowa, she helped coaches develop highly competitive teams at both the national and conference levels, where they won 27 Big Ten Conference titles during her tenure. Among her numerous awards and honors, Grant was inducted into the State of Iowa Women's Hall of Fame in 2006 and in 2008 was inducted into the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics' Hall of Fame.

“We want to honor women who are inspirations in all types of endeavor,” said Jean Lloyd-Jones, 50-50 in 2020 co-founder from Iowa City. “And when it came to sports, we did not need to look beyond Iowa's borders to find one of this country's outstanding contributors, Christine H. B. Grant.”

This is the third consecutive year that 50-50 has honored a woman for outstanding achievement.

Grant will be honored with 50-50 in 2020's Equity for Women Award on Tuesday September 23 at a 5:30-7 p.m. at the Levitt Center on the University of Iowa campus.

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