Title IX's message shared in Thailand

Title IX legislation helped open doors for girls and women in schools and sports since it was signed into law 40 years ago, but can its message reach those beyond America's borders?

That question is one of the main inspirations behind the State Department's Empowering Women and Girls through Sports Initiative, which aims to encourage and motivate young female athletes across the globe.

Many well-known American athletes, including the WNBA's Tamika Catchings and Ebony Hoffman, are traveling abroad to share their stories and experiences with these young athletes and show them that anything is possible for women, on and off the playing field.

This week, as the State Department works in conjunction with the NBA and WNBA, Catchings and Hoffman are in Bangkok, Thailand, as part of the initiative.

"I think with the Title IX celebrating its 40th year, we opened the doors in America and really we are trying to do the same across the globe," Catchings said in an interview with the State Department. "When you get on the court it does not really matter what language you speak. I mean, it's a universal language."

Catchings and Hoffman will share photos with espnW.com throughout the week; but first, here is a short video from their first day on the ground.

Video courtesy of U.S. Department of State:

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