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New London — Rear Adm. Sandra Stosz will be recognized as one of 40 former high school or college athletes who have made a significant impact on society in the 40 years since Title IX was enacted.
Stosz, the superintendent of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, will be honored as one of the "40 FOR 40," June 21 in Washington, D.C., by the Women's Sports Foundation, espnW and Women in Cable Telecommunications.
Title IX, of the Education Amendments of 1972, prohibited the exclusion of anyone on the basis of sex from participating in an education program or activity receiving federal funding. The other honorees include U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, Condoleezza Rice, Tina Fey, Mia Hamm, Queen Latifah and Brig. Gen. Loretta Reynolds, the first female commander at U.S. Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island.
Stosz, a Maryland native and the first female superintendent of a U.S. service academy, was co-captain of the track team and a member of the sailing team in high school. She competed in the shot put and in 1977 became the Maryland state champion discus thrower.
"Title IX greatly affected my life and helped me develop the confidence and character necessary to attend the U.S. Coast Guard Academy," she said.
A former junior Olympic swimmer, Stosz was technically a member of the men's swim team at the academy, where she graduated in 1982 shortly after the service academies opened their doors to women.