Brig. Gen. Lori Reynolds played basketball at the U.S. Naval Academy during the early 1980s (LANCE CPL. ANESHEA YEE / MARINE CORPS)
(MILITARY TIMES) -- The first woman to command the Marine Corps' legendary recruit training facility in Parris Island, S.C., will be honored next week in Washington, D.C., alongside the likes of Tina Fey, Queen Latifah and Ellen DeGeneres as one of 40 influential women who participated in high school or college athletics.
Brig. Gen. Lori Reynolds, who played basketball at the U.S. Naval Academy during the early 1980s, took command of the Corps' East Coast recruit depot in June 2011. Her military career includes stints as commander of 9th Communication Battalion and later as commander of the I Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group at Camp Pendleton, Calif.
The event, to be held June 21 at the JW Marriott hotel in Washington, marks 40 years since Congress enacted Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972. The law requires institutions receiving federal funding to provide equal opportunity to women and men. That includes access to academic and extracurricular activities.
Reynolds and the other honorees are great role models for young girls, said Maria Brennan, president and chief executive officer of Women in Cable Telecommunications, one of three organizers for the event.
"We wanted leaders, ground-breakers, and innovators," Brennan said. "Brig. Gen. Reynolds personifies all of these attributes, and she serves as a trail blazer for today's young women. ... She is creating a path for others to follow."
Reynolds, who graduated from the academy in 1986, was not immediately available for comment, but Brennan said she's certain the Marine Corps institution is proud of the general. She called Reynolds a model for the type of candidate they envisioned when they conceived the event.
The other service member to be honored is Coast Guard Rear Adm. Sandra Stosz, the first female superintendent of a U.S. service academy. She served as co-captain of her high school track team and as a member of the school's sailing team.
Women in Cable Telecommunications partnered on the event with the Women's Sports Foundation and espnW.
Other honorees include journalists, doctors and government employees.
"They are women who were involved in athletics early in their lives and have gone on to make a significant impact on society," Brennan said.