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Phoenix Mercury honor 40th anniversary of Title IX

When Title IX was signed into law on on June 23, 1972, equality for women was ensured across all educational programs, including athletics.

In celebration of the law’s 40th anniversary, the Phoenix Mercury will honor and celebrate all women who were impacted by the legislation. The season-long initiative will recognize the effect it has had on women in the sports and business world.

Ann Meyers Drysdale. Photo by Rob Turchick.

Ann Meyers Drysdale, Phoenix Suns and Mercury vice president, felt the impact of the law passing first-hand when she was the first woman to receive a full athletic scholarship for basketball at the University of California Los Angeles in 1975.

“Playing collegiate sports anywhere other than a local college, let alone receiving a free education for it, wasn’t even in the realm of possibilities for me,” said Meyers Drysdale in a press release. “Celebrating how far we’ve come in 40 years is a great accomplishment. Whether women played sports in college or were finally allowed to participate in the sport of their choice on the high school level, it’s worthy of recognition.”

Anyone with a story of how Title IX benefitted them, a friend or family member is invited to submit it online at phoenixmercury.com and join in the celebration at the Mercury’s June 23 game. All who submit an entry will receive a free ticket to the game and take part in an on-court recognition at halftime.

“Title IX made sports a viable option for women and girls. Growing up playing sports, my role model was Larry Bird. Now my nieces can grow up idolizing Diana Taurasi and DeWanna Bonner. Being a pro basketball player is a real option for them,” said President and Chief Operating Officer Amber Cox in a press release.

The 2012 season tips off May 20 on the road against the defending WNBA Champion Minnesota Lynx. The club’s home opener is Saturday, May 26 at 7 p.m. vs. conference rival Los Angeles Sparks.

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Mercury hosts Dog Days of Summer

Mercury forward Candice Dupree.

The Phoenix Mercury is hosting its 5th annual Dog Days of Summer game on Sunday, July 10. The team takes on the Tulsa Shock at US Airways Center with tipoff set for 3 p.m.

A canine-focused festival will take place prior to the game, beginning at 1 p.m., in the Casino Arizona Pavilion, with 27 animal-friendly vendors and rescue organizations on-hand.

Participating businesses include:

43rd Ave Animal Hospital

Dermatology for Animals

Eye Care for Animals

Furbabies Delectable Delights

Hands on Dog Training

Howland Studios

Hug N Pups Pet Grooming Salon

Natural Paws

PALS

Pete and Mac’s Recreational Resort for Pets

The Spectrum Group

The Pet Club – Tolleson

The Synthetic Grass Store and

Villa La PAWS Resort and Spa

Last year's Dog Days of Summer event.

Participating animal rescue and non-profit organizations include:

Dogs even ended up courtside at last year's Dog Days of Summer event.

Arizona Adopt-a-Greyhound

Arizona Golden Rescue

Arizona Jack Russell Rescue

AZ Saint Bernard Rescue

Banner Good Samaritan Paws 4 Hope Dog Therapy Program

Canine Companions for Independence

Empty Bowl Pet Food Pantry

Fallen Feathers

Gabriel’s Angels

Lost Paws Sterilization, Education, and Rescue

MinPin Haven Rescue

Arizona R.E.S.C.U.E. and

Toy Fox Terrier Rescue

Fans can stay cool during the Dog Days of Summer while taking in Mercury basketball for as little at $10. Tickets can be purchased online at phoenixmercury.com or by calling 602-252-WNBA.

UP NEXT: The Mercury celebrates Season 15 on Friday, July 15 at 7 p.m. against the Washington Mystics. Cheryl Miller, the Mercury’s first head coach, will be in attendance and will address fans at halftime. Fans are also encouraged to bring bottled water to donate to the annual Salvation Army Water Drive, which benefits the Extreme Heat Emergency Plan.

Sports around the Valley: weekend update

Mercury opening weekend

The Phoenix Mercury look to start the first home stand of the 2011 season off right against the visiting San Antonio Silver Stars in the home opener tonight at US Airways Center. The first 6,000 fans will receive a free T-shirt commemorating the WNBA’s 15th season of existence. Then, on Sunday, the Mercury will host the Indiana Fever at 3pm.

The Mercury are two-time national champions, winning titles in 2007 and 2009. Forward Penny Taylor has already made a splash, averaging 15.5 points per game through two games. A native Australian, Taylor was a member of the national squad who took gold at the 2006 Sydney Olympics.

Star point guard Diana Taurasi was held to just nine points by Seattle in a 71-78 loss on June 4, but returned to her characteristic self June 10 in a 84-98 loss to to the Los Angeles on June 10, scoring a game high 31 points.

“I’m excited about it,” head coach Corey Gaines said in a phone interview about returning to familiar territory. As a team, Gaines feels, “We’re jelling.” Tipoff tonight is at 7 p.m., and tickets can be purchased at the arena or wnba.com.

Contact/Tackle Football Camps at Phoenix Christian High School

This weekend, Phoenix Christian High School will host a football camp that will teach the basic technique of football tackling to Valley athletes from grades 3-9.

The offseason is the best time to improve, and Phoenix Christian High head coach Brandon Harris and Phoenix Christian Junior High head coach Coach Mo Streety will instruct on blocking, tackling and other necessary skills on the gridiron. This weekend’s camp is the first of three that Phoenix Christian High will host this summer.  Coach Harris is entering his first year as head coach; Coach Mo has brought success to NFL players and Valley high school athletes alike.

Participants should wear comfortable athletic shorts and a T-shirt, and bring both running shoes and cleats. The cost for the two-day camp (6pm July 18-19) is $25 per athlete. Sessions will also run on the 20th and the 27th-29th as well as July 11th-13th & 25th-27th, all at 7pm. Camps will also be held during the first two weeks of August, times TBA. For details, contact Brandon Harris at 602-265-4707 or by email at bfharris@phoenixchristian.org. Phoenix Christian High School is located at 1751 W. Indian School Road in Phoenix. Download the release waiver here.

Diamondbacks host Sox for three-game series

The Chicago White Sox are coming to town this weekend for a three-game series. The Diamondbacks will look to make up lost ground after losing a three-game stand against San Francisco, and every game will count as the two teams are battling for first place in the NL West.

Friday:
First pitch @ 6:40pm
Projected starters:
ARZ: Daniel Hudson (7-5, 3.82 ERA), RHP
SFO: Edwin Jackson (4-5, 4.39 ERA), RHP

Saturday:
First pitch @ 5:15pm
Projected starters:
ARZ: Zach Duke (1-1, 4.56 ERA), LHP
SFO: John Danks (2-8), 4.54 ERA), LHP

Sunday
First pitch @ 1:10pm
Projected starters:
ARZ: Josh Collmenter (4-2, 1.86 ERA), RHP
SFO: Philip Humber (6-3, 2.95 ERA), RHP

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Ann Meyers Drysdale to receive YWCA honor

Phoenix Mercury President and General Manager Ann Meyers Drysdale has been named the YWCA’s Sports Leader of the Year. The honor will be presented at the 18th Annual Tribute to Women luncheon tomorrow at the Arizona Biltmore.

Meyers Drysdale and two of her three children, DJ and Drew, appeared in a July 2009 cover story by multimedia journalist Vicki Louk Balint, who also recorded a podcast from her interview. Publisher & Editor Karen Barr wrote about the cover shoot, which took place in the Mercury locker room, in her blog, Behind the ‘Zine.

And thanks to help from audio/video production colleague Rob Turchick of yipDog Studios, we also posted a video featuring part of the interview.

Meyers Drysdale is entering her fifth season with the two-time WNBA Champion Phoenix Mercury (2009, 2007). Enshrined into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. as a player in 1993, Meyers Drysdale’s basketball resume spans over four decades beginning with becoming the first high school player ever to make a United States National Team in 1974.

As an amateur, Meyers Drysdale was the first woman to receive a full athletic scholarship from UCLA. The Bruins basketball legend was a four-time Kodak All-American, the first male or female to achieve that honor, and was the first female to be named to the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

In 1976, she represented the United States in the Olympics, where she earned a silver medal as part of the first women’s US Olympic Basketball team.

Meyers Drysdale remains the only female ever to sign a free-agent contract with an NBA team when she signed with the Indiana Pacers in 1979. After being released by the Pacers, she provided color commentary for Pacers broadcasts and was the first woman to broadcast an NBA game.

In addition to her career on the court, Meyers Drysdale has established herself as an expert analyst on ESPN, NBC, ABC, FOX Sports and CBS and has done commentary for men’s and women’s basketball, softball, tennis, volleyball and baseball since 1979.

Meyers Drysdale, along with 10 other honorees, will be recognized at the event for accomplishments in their respective careers. For a full list of the honorees, visit ywcaaz.org.

Mercury to host clinic at tomorrow’s Sports Explosion

Kara Braxton. Photo courtesy of the Phoenix Mercury.

Phoenix Mercury forward/center Kara Braxton and director of basketball operations Bridget Pettis will be on site tomorrow at the Phoenix Women’s Sports Association’s Sports Explosion. The event takes place from 8am to noon at Grand Canyon University.

Braxton and Pettis will host a basketball clinic for youth from 11am to noon and will be available to answer questions and sign autographs. Members of the Mercury’s Hip Hop Squad and Scorch, the mascot, will be performing at 10am and hosting a dance class prior to the basketball clinic.

Bridget Pettis, director of basketball operations for the Phoenix Mercury, at a youth clinic held earlier this year. Photo courtesy of the Phoenix Mercury.

The Sports Explosion is a free interactive and educational event designed to connect youth and families to resources and opportunities for healthy, active lifestyles. The Phoenix Women’s Sports Association (PWSA) is a non-profit organization that reaches out to underserved girls and women, providing them with opportunities to reach their greatest potential by building confidence and self-esteem through participation in sports and fitness activities.

The Phoenix Mercury has been providing affordable and entertaining basketball in the Valley for 14 seasons. The team will tip off its 2011 season in June.

Grand Canyon University is located at 3300 W. Camelback Rd. in Phoenix. Learn more about the event.