Nine for IX

Nine for IX is the title for a series of documentary films which aired on ESPN. The documentaries were produced by ESPN Films in conjunction with espnW, and were intended to have the same creative, story-driven aspect as ESPN Films' other series, 30 for 30, with the series focusing on captivating stories of women in sports told through the lens of female filmmakers.[2] The series' name is inspired by Title IX, federal civil rights legislation passed in 1972 that prohibited discrimination on the basis of sex in educational institutions receiving federal aid; Title IX has also been regarded as helping to expand women's and girls' access to athletic opportunities. The first film, Venus Vs., premiered on July 2, 2013.

Nine for IX
GenreSports documentary
Directed byvarious
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes9
Shorts: 7[1]
ProducersRobin Roberts
Jane Rosenthal[2]
Original networkESPN
Original releaseJuly 2 (2013-07-02) 
August 27, 2013 (2013-08-27)
Related30 for 30

List of Nine for IX films

The following films are all 60 minutes in length (including commercials).

No.TitleDirected byOriginal air dateUS viewers
1Venus Vs.Ava DuVernayJuly 2, 2013 (2013-07-02)0.460[3]
A look at a significant victory Venus Williams earned off the tennis court: the fight to have women competitors earn the same winnings as men at the French Open and Wimbledon.
2Pat XOLisa Lax and Nancy Stern WinterJuly 9, 2013 (2013-07-09)0.311[4]
An in-depth look at the legendary career of Pat Summitt, University of Tennessee Lady Vols basketball coach, and her new battle against early-onset Alzheimer's.
3Let Them Wear TowelsRicki Stern and Annie SundbergJuly 16, 2013 (2013-07-16)0.197[5]
The efforts of Melissa Ludtke, Lisa Olson, and other pioneering female sports journalists to gain equal access with their male brethren to the intimidating sanctum of the all-male sports locker room.
4No LimitsAlison EllwoodJuly 23, 2013 (2013-07-23)0.400[6]
An exploration of the life of world-class freediver Audrey Mestre and the events leading up to the dive that ultimately took her life.
5SwoopesHannah StormJuly 30, 2013 (2013-07-30)0.397[7]
The life of Sheryl Swoopes, whose basketball accomplishments led her to be labeled as "the female Michael Jordan," but who also defied labels in terms of athletic longevity (playing into her 40s) and sexuality (one of the first high-profile athletes to come out of the closet).
6The DiplomatJennifer Arnold and Senain KheshgiAugust 6, 2013 (2013-08-06)0.437[8]
Katarina Witt was one of East Germany's most successful athletes, enduring constant surveillance by the Stasi, but also faced great changes after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
7RunnerShola LynchAugust 13, 2013 (2013-08-13)0.548[9]
How Mary Decker became one of the greatest distance runners of the 1970s and 80s, and how a crushing experience at the 1984 Olympics defined her career.
8The '99ersErin LeydenAugust 20, 2013 (2013-08-20)0.491[10]
Intimate behind-the-scenes footage (shot by the players themselves) details the story of the United States women's national soccer team, whose championship performance at the 1999 World Cup served as the inspiring touchstone for women's soccer and women's athletics as a whole.
9BrandedHeidi Ewing and Rachel GradyAugust 27, 2013 (2013-08-27)0.633[11]
How some women athletes, in particular tennis player Anna Kournikova, feel the need to emphasize sex-appeal attractiveness in an effort to advance their standing in the sports and marketing worlds.

Short films

After the first short aired with the full-length films, six additional short films were created, to begin airing in June 2014. The third, fourth, fifth, and sixth shorts debuted at the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival on June 17, before airing with the additional shorts on Additionally, all Nine for IX Shorts aired back-to-back on August 2, 2014 on ESPN.[1]

No.TitleDirected byOriginal release dateLength
1CoachBess KargmanJune 18, 2013 (2013-06-18)17:00
A look at Rutgers women's basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer, and how she handled on-court pressure and off-court adversity after racial slurs were directed at her players.
2Love & PayneHannah StormJune 4, 2014 (2014-06-04)12:30
Tracey Stewart offers an intimate, personal, and poignant glimpse of her relationship with her late husband, golfer Payne Stewart.
3Rowdy Ronda RouseyNadine Mundo and Rena Mundo CroshereJuly 28, 2014 (2014-07-28)14:00
A look at the life of Ronda Rousey, and how her victory in a 2013 UFC title fight helped her pave the way for women in mixed martial arts.
4Think NormalNikki ReedJuly 29, 2014 (2014-07-29)16:30
How Debbie McElwain gave her autistic son, Jason, the coaching, strength, and inspiration that led him to a 20-points-in-4-minutes performance in a high school basketball game.
5Brittney Griner: LifesizeMelissa JohnsonJuly 30, 2014 (2014-07-30)16:00
How Brittney Griner went from celebrated kid to self-reliant adult in her basketball career.
6Uncharted WatersTina CarboneJuly 31, 2014 (2014-07-31)16:15
The story of America³, which in 1995 raced with an initially all-female crew, the first such team in the history of the America's Cup yachting competition.
7Play A Round With MeJessica WolfsonAugust 1, 2014 (2014-08-01)11:15
How Jan Stephenson used sex appeal and charisma to become a star in women's golf, yet tried to prove she was more than just a pretty face.


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