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Nancy Hogshead-Makar was a world class swimmer at the 1984 Olympics, where she won more medals than any other swimmer—three Gold medals and one Silver. Through high school and college dual meets she was undefeated. Other major awards include the Nathan Malison Award, given to Florida’s outstanding athlete, the prestigious Kiphuth Award, given to the best all-around swimmer nationally. Nancy has been inducted into eleven halls of fame, including the International Swimming Hall of Fame and the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame. In 2000, Sports Illustrated ranked her as Florida’s 13th greatest athlete of the 20th Century.
Nancy is a high profile advocate of gender equity in sports. She is one of the nation’s foremost exponents of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, particularly within the context of intercollegiate sports. She is a former President of Women’s Sports Foundation (1992-94) and currently serves as its Legal Advisor. She has testified in Congress numerous times on the topic of gender equity in athletics, written numerous scholarly and lay articles, and has been a frequent guest on national news programs on the topic, including 60 Minutes, CNN, Good Morning America, and ESPN.
Nancy is a Professor of Law at Florida Coastal School of Law where she teaches Sports Law and Torts courses. In 2004, she was awarded “Favorite Professor” by the first-year students. She earned her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and is an honors graduate of Duke University.
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