Mary Jo Kane, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology and Director of the Tucker Center, was quoted in a Pioneer Press article, “Minnesota vaults to No. 1 in girls sports participation,” about Minnesota’s success in girls’ sports. According to the study by the National Federation of State High School Association, Minnesota has the highest rates of girls’ participating in high school sports in the nation. “This absolutely is a victory for Title IX,” Kane said. Experts attribute rates of success to positive role models—such as the Minnesota Lynx—a diverse range of sports, and encouragement by coaches and teammates.