On July 20, the Chicago Sky (20-6) defeated the Seattle Storm (17-9) 78-74 at Wintrust Arena.
It marked the fourth time Chicago has had 20 wins in one seasonand there are still several games left to play. The Sky's win also marked the fastest time in franchise history the team has reached that mark.
In addition, it was Sue Bird's penultimate regular-season game in Chicago. The Storm return to Chicago on Tuesday, Aug. 9, for what will be Bird's last game against the Sky, as she plans to retire after this season.
Next, the Sky will play the Dallas Wings for the second time this season at home on Friday, July 22. The tipoff at Wintrust Arena is at 7 p.m. CT and will be air on CBS Sports Network, CW 26 and Bally Sports Southwest Extra.
The Sky's Candace Parker and tennis legend Billie Jean King were among the women athletes honored by Chicago as heroes of Title IX, according to ABC 7 Chicago.
On July 19, sportswriter Christine Brennan joined Mayor Lori Lightfoot and others for a panel discussion of the significance of Title IX. The city honored Parker, King and a third Title IX hero, DePaul women's coach Doug Bruno, later that evening.
King received the Legend of Title IX award while Parker was honored with the Title IX Leader award and Bruno was the Title IX Champion honoree.
According to a press release from the city, Lightfoot and First Lady Amy Eshleman had announced Chicago Title IX Weeka series of events to honor the 50th anniversary of passing Title IX of the Higher Education Act. Events will take place through Saturday, July 23.
The passage of Title IX on June 23, 1972, was the first comprehensive federal law that prohibited discrimination based on gender, pregnancy status, sexual orientation, and gender identity within an education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. After 50 years, this landmark legislation has had a lasting impact on expanding opportunities for women and girls in education and athletics in Chicago and across the country.