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SURVIVOR SERIES: BEING A POSITIVE SPECTATOR

One of the biggest pastimes in America is sports. To me it seems that more than likely, only about two days out of the year have no sports being broadcasted.  With all the different sports that are on campuses across the United States, there are many opportunities to go to a game or match. At SUNY Oswego, our hockey games draw huge crowds. But, our fan section can be a little much. Being spectators, you have to keep in mind what people might find offensive.  Here is a list of tips that will help you survive a sporting event as an appreciative spectator.

  1. Go ahead and be loud, but also be proud and positive. When it comes to cheering for a sporting event, make sure you don’t degrade anyone. This can be especially detrimental when these remarks have sexual connotations, or racism embedded into them. You never know who is around you and when you make comments or shout out profanities you can harm not only the target, but those around you as well.
  1. Use a foam finger, not your real finger. I know it may be tempting for you to “flip the bird” to the referee, but it is not always a good idea.  Instead of using your real middle finger (which is one of the worst insults to many), you could use a foam finger to cheer for your team. All of this prevents you from making obscene gestures to any staff or players.
  2. If you want to play the sport, play it. One part of the Title IX policy that most people already know about is the equal opportunities for both men and women in athletics.  So now if you really want to play a sport like wrestling for example, you don’t have the excuse not to. Title IX is there to protect students’ rights to being able to do any sport. Play your passion!
  3. Report it. If you or someone you know are being unfairly treated on a sports team either by spectators or other athletes (especially because of gender identity) or you are not being able to participate, please contact the Title IX Coordinator, or talk to your coach.  Also if you see someone doing something that would violate these policies say something to them so it can be stopped.
  4. Spread the Word. Many are not aware of the multiple sections within Title IX. There is way more than equal opportunity to sports and on a college campus, most of our daily lives are protected in every aspect. Title IX isn’t complicated, but it is lengthy in coverage.  If more college students knew about the benefits and what protections they have, then we would have a lot more reports on Title IX violations which would make our college community a better place to live.

For more information about Title IX, talk to Lisa Evaneski who is the Title IX coordinator for SUNY Oswego.

Also go to this website http://www.ncaa.org/about/resources/inclusion/title-ix-frequently-asked-questions

Written by Emily Cooley, Peer Educator

Photo Cred: Equal Opportunity