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Olympic Gold Medal-Winning Coach and Title IX Advocate to Speak at the University of Hartford

Posted 11/19/2012
Posted by David Isgur

Pia Sundhage, the two-time Olympic gold medal-winning former head coach of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team (2008, 2012) and an advocate of Title IX, will deliver a lecture on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in Lincoln Theater at the University of Hartford. The program is part of the University’s Rogow Distinguished Visiting Lecturers Program which brings celebrated lecturers to campus for students and the community. Sundhage’s lecture is presented with support from Newman's Own Foundation.

Sundhage was named head coach of Sweden’s Women’s National Soccer Team in September, 2012. Under her leadership, the U.S. Women’s team won two Olympic gold medals, went to the finals of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, and compiled a record of 33-1-2. She is one of the most respected coaches in the women’s game and regarded as one of the world’s all-time-greatest female players, having won the Swedish Cup three times as a player and once as a coach. She was named Sweden’s Sportswoman of the Year in 2008.

The Rogow lecture is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. To order tickets, call the University Box Office at 860.768,4228 or 1.800.274.8587.

June, 2012 marked the 40th anniversary of the passage of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. This landmark piece of legislation prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded educational programs. The passage of Title IX has benefited girls and women in athletics and all aspects of education.

The Rogow Distinguished Visiting Lecturers Program of the University of Hartford brings celebrated authors, journalists, historians, academics, and artists to the Greater Hartford area. The series is part of the wide array of public programming that the University offers, fulfilling an important responsibility to serve the larger community of which it is a part.

Newman’s Own Foundation turns all net profits and royalties from the sale of Newman’s Own products into charitable donations. To date, the late Paul Newman and Newman’s Own Foundation have given more $350 million to thousands of charities around the world. For more information, visit

Chartered in 1957 with the mission to be a “private university with a public purpose,” the University of Hartford offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs in the arts, humanities, business, engineering and technology, education, and the health professions. The University’s student body of about 7,000 represents 45 states and nearly 60 countries. For more information, visit