University of Louisville standout women’s basketball guard Shoni Schimmel was part of a five person panel at the White House this afternoon, celebrating the opportunities that Title IX has afforded women and girls across America in the 40 years since its enactment. Schimmel spoke on the panel discussing Intergenerational Views on the Impact of Title IX in Athletics.
The panel featured accomplished and notable athletes and advocates for women in sports. The panelists ranged in age and participation level, while representing a wide variety of experiences. Each spoke to Title IX's formative impact on their lives and offered perspectives and speculations for its future. This panel was moderated by Bonnie Bernstein, ESPN Broadcaster and former All-American Gymnast. Joining Schimmel on the panel were Billie Jean King, Professional Tennis Player, Founder of the Women Sports Foundation; Aimee Mullins, Athlete, Advocate, Actress; Tom Perez, Assistant Attorney General for Civil rights, U.S. Department of Justice; and Laurel J. Richie, President of the WNBA.
Shimmel was the only current student-athlete invited to be part of the panels. A live stream of the event is available at www.whitehouse.gov/live.
During her Freshman Year (2010-11), Shimmel earned the starting nod as the Cardinals' point guard, starting in all 35 games, and was ranked second on the team in scoring with 15.1 points per game. She was named a first team Freshman All-American by Full Court Press, and was a unanimous selection to BIG EAST All-Freshman Team. Shoni was named BIG EAST Freshman of the Week four times, and scored in double figures in 31 games; leading the team in three-point field goals made with 97 on the year.
This year, Schimmel earned postseason honors for the Cardinals, and was named a first team WBCA Region I selection. She earned first team honors after leading the Cardinals in scoring, assists, and steals with 14.3 points, 4.7 assists, and 2.4 steals per game. She also ranks third on the team in rebounding with 4.5 boards per game. Schimmel was named a first team All-BIG EAST selection. She finished league play ranked 11th in the in scoring, sixth in assists, and fourth in steals. She was also a preseason All-BIG EAST first team selection and named to the Wooden Watch List.
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