Former college athletes take stand against Lia Thomas’ nomination for ‘Woman of the Year’ award

Mother of an Ivy League swimmer said Monday she was outraged by the recent decision by the University of Pennsylvania to nominate transgender athlete Lia Thomas for the NCAA “Woman of the Year” award.

Kim Jones joined ” Fox & Friends First” declaring the nomination “humiliating” as well as “devastating” and accused Fox of passing a message to the world that women aren’t important”

“[The messages is] that they’re not worthy of respect and relaxation inside their bathrooms. This award is an example of this message. It’s difficult to comprehend what the present NCAA as well as the Ivy League and especially Penn’s position is regarding the importance of women in the modern world,” said Jones, who was an All-American tennis player who’s daughter played in the match against Thomas.



University of Pennsylvania transgender athlete Lia Thomas swims in a preliminary heat for the 500-meter freestyle in the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships on Thursday 17 March 2022 in Georgia Tech in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

The transgender person was nominated in an NCAA Award which honors female athletes, as per an announcement about the award.

Jones claimed that college athletes invest endless hours in training, and is “dismissed” because biological males play them by gaining unfair advantages in physical strength.


“That’s the result of all that effort and time of hard work, and the experience which is supposed to have rewarding and satisfying has become. It’s become a thing people believe is just a show. It’s really disappointing,” she told Todd Piro.

Jones as well as Marshi Smith, who was a past NCAA champion swimmer and Marshi Smith, co-founded ICONS ICONS, which is the Independent Council on Women’s Sports.

Smith stated that the NCAA must acknowledge the most the fundamental truths.

“There is a genetic difference between women and men. If we aren’t able to accept that this fundamental fact is real what can we do to safeguard our women and girls?”

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