Shaun White Fell To His Knees And Started Crying After Winning Gold At The Winter Olympics

Perhaps another of Title IX's revolutionary aspects was that it inadvertently recruited generations of unwitting and often non-political dads into the equal rights movement. Turning the gendered cheerleader-football dynamic on its head, Dan Fandom recast women as fierce competitors and men, willingly, enthusiastically, and proudly, as their emotional supporters. Take Roger Chastain, the former marine and father of the U.S. Soccer Team's Brandi Chastain. "Both my parents were ahead of their time," Chastain told me over the phone. She and her father learned soccer together, visiting the library to borrow VHS tapes on the game. Roger, who started coaching her when she was eight years old, didn't blink twice about applying his marine training to girls' soccer team practices, working in a tough regiment of sit-ups, push-ups, and running around cones, along with an ethos of "sticking together." "The girls really responded," said Chastain. "Even though he was a marine, he was the softest, most gentle, and kind-hearted. He really cared about the girls." He also ran his own tile business, in part, because it gave him the flexibility to attend his daughter's games. "He would change his schedule so he could go into work early and then be able to pick up players after school," Chastain told the >Chicago Tribune after he passed away in 2003. His support of Brandi wasn't an overtly political cause. "My dad was such a wonderful man; he was a simple man," she said. "Parents and dads love their daughters. When their kids find what they passionate about and when you seeing your kid smiling, that's easy to get behind."

How Title IX Gave Rise to the Dad Fan