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Watch ‘Coach’ – First Film From ESPN’s Nine For IX Series (On Hall Of Famer Vivian Stringer)

Watch 'Coach' - First Film From ESPN's Nine For IX Series (On Hall Of Famer Vivian Stringer)

The first film that will be broadcast from ESPN Films’ Nine for IX series  inspired by the 40th anniversary of Title IX (a 1972 education amendment, also known as the Equal Opportunity in Education Act, which states, in part, that… no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance).

ESPN Films will air a series of nine documentaries under the label, starting this summer, highlighting women in sports – all films directed by women filmmakers. 

ESPN is kicking off the series today, June 18, with the award-winning documentary short Coach, produced by Whoopi Goldberg, which centers on Vivian Stringer, the prolific college basketball coach, who was the first to lead three different schools to the NCAA Final Four (Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, Iowa and Rutgers) and received the highest honor of all in 2009 – a place alongside Michael Jordan, John Stockton, Jerry Sloan and David Robinson as an inductee into the Basketball Hall of Fame

Coach is directed by Bess Kargman.

Watch the 17-minute film below, in full:

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GO IOWA! What… y'all didn't know Vivian made her mark in my state? That's right, she came to Iowa in 1983 where she nursed the basketball program from irrelevance to a Final Four bid. In her 12 years in Iowa she acquired 269 victories. That's a school record. She's so loved and so respected in this state that she received an honorary PHD. Her 30-year-old son, David, still lives here. But let me tell y'all something, when she was here, we were going crazy. I mean, I think it's safe to say everyone knows this is a "vanilla" state, so when she came and brought her recruits… well… the vanilla was covered in rich dark chocolate… AND WE ATE IT UP! After she left, the program has never been the same. But wait, if it was good for the goose it got better with the gander. The year Vivian arrived on campus, a black man also got the head coaching job at Iowa.


George Raveling was the head basketball coach at the University of Iowa (1983–1986). And check this, some may have never heard his name but on August 28, 1963, as Dr. Martin Luther King waved goodbye to an audience of over 200,000 "March on Washington" participants, he handed Raveling the original typewritten "I Have a Dream"speech. Raveling was on the podium with Dr. King at that moment. He still has custody of the original copy. But for basketball fans, he's probably best known for his recruits and outstanding players, including B.J. Armstrong (Chicago Bulls) , Kevin Gamble, Ed Horton, Roy Marble and Greg Stokes, all of whom went on to play in the NBA. GO IOWA! GO VIVIAN and thanks for the memories.

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