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News - August 12, 2022

Around Town

A SHINING MILESTONE ... There's no denying that Stanford's women's sports programs have been shaped by talented athletes who have made an impact on The Farm and beyond. A handful of these legends have been nominated to the university's sports hall of fame, marking the first all-female class in the university's history. This year's selection honors the 50th anniversary of the passage of Title IX, the landmark legislation that brought gender equality to education — and sports. The class includes Lisa Bernhagen Ramos (women's track and field), Elaine Breeden Penrose (women's swimming and diving), Margie Dingeldein (women's water polo), Ashley Hansen Church (softball), Carly Janiga Reardon (women's gymnastics), Nneka Ogwumike (women's basketball), Christen Press (women's soccer) and Sally Voss Krueger (women's golf). Tara VanDerveer (women's basketball) will be inducted for her legendary coaching career, which enters a 37th season in 2022-23, while longtime volunteer Linda R. Meier will receive special recognition for her service to the department. In addition to producing a combined four NCAA team championships and six NCAA individual titles, multiple inductees have also claimed Olympic medals. The athletes will be inducted in a ceremony on Sept. 9 at Bing Auditorium and introduced on Sept. 10 during a Stanford football game. Stanford Athletic Director Bernard Muir said the Hall of Fame class is meant not only to honor legends of the past, but also to inspire and support legends of the future. "As we reflect on the deep history of women's sports success here at Stanford, we also know that the work for equality is not finished," Muir said.

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