Nike Celebrates Title IX by Reminding Us That It Wasn’t Easy For Women Who Just Wanted to “Play Ball” [Video]
by Jamie Frevele | 1:12 pm, June 25th, 2012
To celebrate Title IX’s 40th anniversary, Nike has put together this incredibly touching ad featuring several accomplished female athletes — Joan Benoit Samuelson, winner of the first-ever Olympic gold medal for women’s marathon in 1984, women’s basketball legend Lisa Leslie, Marlen Esparza, Olympic boxer, and WNBA player Diana Taurasi — talking about their journeys to the top of their respective games. They get a little assist by some young girls suiting up for their own athletic journeys. Okay, they’re probably actors, and that’s why their lip-sync skills are so good. But you can bet they won’t come out of this gig thinking they can’t play ball — and win.