11 episodes

IX at 50: The Lady Vols Experience is an oral history that celebrates the work of legendary UT Coach Pat Summitt and the UT Women’s Athletics family in working towards greater equality for all women and girls, no matter where they were born.Each episode, co-hosted by Dr. Sarah J. Hillyer, founder of the Center for Sport, Peace, and Society, and Olympian LaVonna Martin Floreal (Class of 1989), will unpack how this UT story is also a global one, thanks to the careers and experiences of Lady Vol athletes, coaches, and administrators, and what the present-day implications are of UT’s unique role in Title IX’s global effect.

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IX at 50: The Lady Vols Experience is an oral history that celebrates the work of legendary UT Coach Pat Summitt and the UT Women’s Athletics family in working towards greater equality for all women and girls, no matter where they were born.Each episode, co-hosted by Dr. Sarah J. Hillyer, founder of the Center for Sport, Peace, and Society, and Olympian LaVonna Martin Floreal (Class of 1989), will unpack how this UT story is also a global one, thanks to the careers and experiences of Lady Vol athletes, coaches, and administrators, and what the present-day implications are of UT’s unique role in Title IX’s global effect.

    The Original SID: Debby Jennings

    The Original SID: Debby Jennings

    In this ground-breaking episode, Dr Sarah and LaVonna welcome longtime UT women’s athletics Sports Information Director (SID) Debby Jennings (UT ‘77), who has been at the forefront pioneering Title IX’s sports provisions alongside the Lady Vols. Jennings has charted an unprecedented career in the field, earning accolades along the way, and was most recently named the U.S. Basketball Writers Association's winner of the 2022 Mary Jo Haverbeck Award. Tune in for this extraordinary look at Title IX’s impact on Lady Vols, and women’s sports more broadly, at home and overseas.

    • 46 min
    Basketball Before and After Title IX: Joy Scruggs

    Basketball Before and After Title IX: Joy Scruggs

    This episode bridges the pre- and post-Title IX era as Dr Sarah and LaVonna welcome UT basketball’s Joy Scruggs, one of the first players to experience the game at UT on both sides of the divide. The 5’3” guard grew up in 1950s Chattanooga, an era in which society at large didn’t approve of girls playing sports with boys after a certain age. But as a Lady Vol from 1971 until 1975, including playing one season for Coach Pat Summitt, and then as a DIII coach, Scruggs’ career puts the seachange of options Title IX provided into perspective. Tune in for more in this foundational episode. 

    • 37 min
    Hoops Dreams: Bridgette Gordon

    Hoops Dreams: Bridgette Gordon

    In this high-octane episode, Dr. Sarah and LaVonna welcome UT legend, Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, and 1988 Olympic gold medalist Bridgette Gordon. During Gordon’s time in Knoxville, she helped the Lady Vols capture their first two of eight NCAA basketball championship titles; she then translated a sterling student-athlete career into a professional one in Italy and the WNBA before transitioning to work as a coach, scout, and recruiter. Tune in to learn more about Gordon’s Title IX story, the meaning of the Lady Vols brand, reflections on the international game, her hopes for the next 50 years of Title IX and more.

    • 37 min
    Dandelions in Right Field: Madison Shipman

    Dandelions in Right Field: Madison Shipman

    In this exciting chapter, Dr. Sarah and LaVonna welcome UT softball standout and former professional player Madison Shipman. While at UT, Madison scooped up records left and right as part of co-head coach Karen and Ralph Weekly’s teams, including as vice champions of the 2013 Women’s College World Series. Today, she’s still giving back to the game in numerous ways, helping younger players to become comfortable being uncomfortable. 

    • 29 min
    88 on Title IX at 50: Raven Chavanne

    88 on Title IX at 50: Raven Chavanne

    In this exciting chapter, Dr. Sarah and LaVonna welcome UT softball standout Raven Chavanne. The 2011 SEC Champion helped UT softball to some of its finest seasons under co-head coaches Karen and Ralph Weekly, and also propelled Team USA to the podium at the 2014 World Championship (Silver). Tune in as Number 88 shares on leadership lessons, international experiences, and her wishes for the next 50 years of Title IX beneficiaries.

    • 27 min
    Striking Out Gender Inequality: Monica Abbott

    Striking Out Gender Inequality: Monica Abbott

    In this exciting chapter, Dr. Sarah and LaVonna welcome two-time Olympic silver medalist,  professional softball player, and one of the most decorated players in the history of college softball, Monica Abbott. While at UT, Monica became the NCAA Division leader in wins, strikeouts, shutouts, and innings - records that still stand today. She also led the Lady Vols to three consecutive Women's College World Series appearances (2005-07), and a runner-up finish in 2007.

    • 32 min

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