In honor of 50 years of Title IX, the Daily Journal shines a spotlight on 10 of the women who have had a local impact on gender equality in sports.

Deb Johnston

Deb Johnston

Deb Johnston

Since Kristy Arie stepped foot in Iroquois West High School in 2007, she’s worn more hats than a baseball player. Currently serving as the sch…

Donna Douglas’ love for sports outdates Title IX’s 50 years of existence. Growing up as a young athlete herself, the opportunities she had to …

Exactly 50 years after Title IX was enacted, women continued making history in their push for equality in athletics, and one of those women wh…

Amanda Hammond was a senior in 1997-98 when her Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School volleyball team did something almost unheard of at t…

It wasn’t until right before high school that Laura Harms Cantillo played girls sports.

Whether it be boys or girls athletics, few people, if any, have been as dedicated to area sports as Deb Johnston.

After graduating from Forman High School in the small, central Illinois town of Manito, Darla Moldenhauer knew she wanted to be a teacher and …

Pam Phillips was far from a sports guru when she was hired to teach art at the middle school and help start girls sports at Manteno School Dis…

After more than 50 years between his time as a student, coach, teacher and administrator at Bishop McNamara Catholic High School, hall-of-fame…

Khadaizha Sanders got to experience plenty of success on the court and in the classroom as she grew up in Kankakee and ultimately led Bishop M…

Mason Schweizer is an award-winning reporter who has been with the Daily Journal since 2017 and sports editor since 2019. Save for time at the University of Illinois and Wayne State College, Mason is a lifelong area resident.