RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) --- The University of Nevada celebrated 40-years of Title IX Thursday night the "Salute to Champions" dinner.
Nevada also honored the past Wolf Pack women's letter winners who were in attendance who never got their letter.
Olympic gold medalist and soccer icon Brandi Chastain has been a role model for youth soccer players for generations.
Chastain was the keynote speaker at the "Salute to Champions" dinner.
Before anyone else got there Brandi did what she does best talked soccer and life with a youth soccer team and the Nevada soccer team.
"Just really cool to compare her story to our story and just see the progression how much more of an opportunity female athletes have these days," Wolf Pack soccer Sr. Lauren Braman says.
More opportunities Brandi Chastain told the crowd of enthusiastic athletes to take advantage of and be fearless while they do it.
"You don't have to be a champion, you don't have to win the gold medal, but the lessons are things you can't read in a book and you can't have someone tell them to you have to experience them for yourself," Chastain says.
Chastain says that's why sports are crucial in the development of a young person's life
All the more reason to be celebrating 40-years of Title IX an academic amendment creating equal opportunity for women in education in high school and college.
Sports quickly became a crucial part of equal opportunities in the educational arena.
"If it wasn't for sport, these women wouldn't have these opportunities," Nevada Athletic Director Cary Groth says.
The University of Nevada ranked number one in the country for its commitment to providing opportunities for women's sports in 2006 and 2007 by the gender equality scoreboard.
In celebration of those current athletes and the generations before the dinner honored all those who gave so much to help women excel.
"To acknowledge those folks, in particular those women, most were women that we were able to get involved in that time just because young women needed the chance to play that's pretty cool," former Nevada basketball player Angie Taylor says.
The chance to play and get an equal opportunity at a higher education.