A new piece in the Wall Street Journal Friday focuses on emerging sports stars who also happen to be the daughters of former sports stars. The article cites Title IX as the spotlight-catalyst for up-and-coming athletes like Lexie Brown, daughter of former Boston Celtic Dee Brown, and Sydney Moss, whose father is newly-retired NFL star Randy Moss.
While, in the past, many sons have been in focus, it is now the daughters who have surged ahead of their male counterparts. Great genes don’t hurt — height, athleticism and muscle mass are genetic — but Title IX’s role in the dissolution of social stigmas about female participation in sports cannot be denied. If these fathers were once reluctant to get involved in their daughters’ sports careers (or even encourage them to pursue them), this no longer seems to be the case.
“I told her, ‘Basketball can get you whatever you want in this world,'” said Xavier McDaniel, a former NBA forward whose 16-year-old daughter, Xylina, has already led Spring Valley High School in Columbia, S.C., to a pair of state championships.