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The 7th annual National Title IX Invitational Conference and Classic takes place from December 27 through 30th in the Nation's capital. The main attraction is the Holiday Invitational tournament which will take place at the DC Armory. 62 teams from eight states and Washington, DC will mix it up in six brackets of competitive ball over three days. Event founder Janice Johnson of the Sankofa Project has managed to turn this event into the number one destination for college scouts during the winter. This is tournament director Saladin Reese's fourth year in the position. He is responsible for inviting teams, setting up brackets, creating the game schedules, contacting college coaches and providing a great game day experience. In addition to the games, players and coaches will participate in educational workshops and conferences.
So what exactly is Title IX and why are we celebrating it? Plain and simple Title IX is actually part of the Educational Amendments of 1972 which ban sex discrimination in educational institutions.
"Title IX was crafted to promote gender equity within the U.S. educational system and guarantee girls and women the same opportunities as boys and men. The law states: 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."
For more details and information about the event you can visit the official site at TitleIXclassic.com
Let's take a look at who you should be watching on the court. Some of the top players in the DMV will be putting their talents on display.
Domonique Doss, Milford Mill 2019.
Promising freshman point guard with big shoes to fill. Milford Mill lost Dionna White to Georgetown and Miss Doss is trying to start her own legacy.
Asisha Greene, Anacostia, 2016.
Asisha is a Coppin State recruit and she is one of the most exciting players in the tournament. Her explosive, crowd pleasing style is sure to turn some heads.
Mia Davis, St. Frances Academy, 2017
Mia is a double double machine and a matchup problem for most teams. She should have 20 offers by the end of the spring evaluation period, if not sooner.
Octavia Wilson, Eleanor Roosevelt, 2017
Octavia is a sharp shooting guard with a versatile game. She can play both guard positions and is experienced against top competition.
Shawkina Muzalim, MATHS, 2018.
Shawkina, also known as "Shy Shy", is primed to have a breakout season. The crafty combo guard is more poised and confident after having a good freshman season last year.
Here are some of the top unsigned players college coaches should be checking for this weekend:
Genesis Parker, 2016, 5'7" guard, Stonewall Jackson. Smooth lefty combo guard can fill it up quickly.
Ty Smith, 2016, 5'8" guard, St. Frances. Explosive guard that is gaining a national reputation has committed to Seton Hall.
Keiche White, 2016, 5'7" guard, Friendship Collegiate. Tough guard that can power to the hoop or drain long distance threes.
Mykea Gray, National Christian Academy, 2017
Mykea is an explosive lefty guard with a nice jumper. She is a natural scorer.
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