Valerie McMurtrie Bonnette founded Good Sports, Inc., Title IX and Gender Equity Specialists, in June 1994. Good Sports, Inc., provides technical assistance to postsecondary and secondary institutions in complying with the athletics provisions of Title IX. Ms. Bonnette is the author of “Title IX and Intercollegiate Athletics: How It All Works – In Plain English,” a self-evaluation manual and desk reference for colleges and universities. She was the author of “Title IX Athletics Q & A,” a periodical that provided answers to Title IX athletics questions from education administrators and staff, parents and students. She also authored “Title IX Basics,” a section of the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s guide “Achieving Gender Equity.”
Prior to founding Good Sports, Inc., Ms. Bonnette worked for 15 years at the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), U.S. Department of Education in OCR’s headquarters office in Washington, D.C., where she was a senior program analyst. She was co-author of OCR’s 1990 Title IX Athletics Investigator’s Manual. She conducted federal investigations of complaints alleging sex discrimination in athletics programs, provided technical assistance to national and regional athletics organizations, and provided on-site technical assistance to individual institutions. She trained OCR chief regional attorneys, managers, staff attorneys, equal opportunity specialists and program analysts, and provided guidance on Title IX athletics policy and procedure to OCR’s regional offices, education officials, parents, and students.
Ms. Bonnette received her MA from the University of Florida and her BA in history and physical education from Wilmington College, Ohio. In 2001, Ms. Bonnette was inducted into Wilmington College’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
Mary Sanders von Euler provides lead legal services to Good Sports, Inc. She was employed in OCR’s headquarters office for 12 years where she was a senior attorney and manager. She worked on several issues including Title IX athletics, employment discrimination based on sex, race, or disability, and student services.
Prior to joining OCR, Ms. von Euler was a research associate at the National Institute of Education, a research assistant for Alice Rivlin at the Brookings Institution, a high school history teacher, and a legislative secretary to Senator Hubert Humphrey. Her publications include numerous articles on school desegregation issues.
Ms. von Euler received her BA in history from Radcliffe College, her MA at Columbia University Teachers College, and her Juris Doctor from the Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America.