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3/2/2017: Nancy Hogshead-Makar; Women's Giving Alliance Conference; Cowford Chophouse Update

Thursday on “First Coast Connect” we spoke with Olympic gold medalist and civil rights attorney Nancy Hogshead-Makar on the impact of Title IX on women’s sports. We also heard from Paula Long, co-chair of the Women’s Giving Alliance National Conference, which is held this month in Atlantic Beach and we heard an update on the construction of the Cowford Chophouse and its 5K run this weekend in downtown Jacksonville.  

Nancy Hogshead-Makar

She’s a three-time Olympic gold medalist, a civil rights lawyer, and one of the most prominent experts on the federal law the prohibits gender discrimination within educational programs, Title IX.

Hogshead-Makar is currently the CEO of Champion Women, a nonprofit based in Jacksonville that focuses on Title IX issues regarding sexual harassment, abuse and assault in sports, employment pregnancy and LGBT inequity. As part of their commemoration of Women’s History Month, she’ll be speaking about Title IX issues Monday on the FSCJ South Campus from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 pm.

Women’s Giving Alliance Conference

It’s a national network of more than  50 organizations that has pumped more than $80 million into their local communities, including on the First Coast. The local chapter includes over 400 members and, for the next five years, are focused on breaking the cycle of female poverty. The Women’s Collective Grantmaking Network will be held March 12-14 at One Ocean in Atlantic Beach.        

Cowford Chophouse Update

The Cowford Chophouse is scheduled to open later this year. Work is continuing on the historic building at the corner of Bay and Ocean streets. Ahead of the opening the Chophouse is hosting a MOO-VE IT 5K fun run 10 a.m. Saturday. Proceeds will go to the North Florida School of Special Education.

Pre-registration  is $30, and $35 the day of the race.          

Producer Kevin Meerschaert can be reached at, 904-358-6334 or on Twitter at @KMeerschaertJax

Kevin Meerschaert has left WJCT for new pursuits. He was the producer of First Coast Connect until October of 2018.