June 26, 2001
EASTON, Pa. (www.lafayette.edu) - Conforming to the equity issues laid out by Title IX in the early 1970s has paved the way for women's athletics to flourish in the United States.
But not everyone has come along for the ride in this land of opportunity. The National Collegiate Athletic Association, by its own admission, realizes there is a shortage of minority males in athletics administrative roles.
The NCAA determined by its own study of race demographics in intercollegiate athletics that "minority males held only about 7 percent of the positions in athletics administration."
That means whenever college athletics administrators convene, 93 out of 100 faces belong to either women or white men.
George Bright, a College Hill resident, Easton Area School Board member and Lafayette College assistant director of athletics, lives this statistic every day.
Last year, Bright was the only minority male among all the athletic administrators working for the seven full-sports members of the Patriot League, which includes Lafayette, Lehigh, Bucknell, Colgate, Holy Cross and the government funded U.S. Military and Naval academies.
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