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Temple fencing coach Nikki Franke has been inspiring athletes for 50 years

Title IX was signed into law 50 years ago this week. That same year, Nikki Franke started Temple University's varsity women's fencing team. Franke, the only female African American head coach in Division I fencing, has an impressive record – nearly 900 wins – but her impact on athletes is the true measure of her success. She tells NBC News' Stephanie Gosk that "we have done a lot" for progress on gender equality in college sports, "but there's still a lot to do."June 21, 2022.
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Temple fencing coach Nikki Franke is as inspiring as ever

PHILADELPHIA — On the night before the 2020 Northwestern University duals, the Temple women’s fencing team filtered out of a restaurant in Chicago and onto the street corner. Before the group started a walk back to the hotel, one of sophomore Cassie Navalta’s teammates delivered news that stopped them in their tracks.
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Title IX: Temple fencing coach Nikki Franke is as inspiring as ever

On the night before the 2020 Northwestern University duals, the Temple women’s fencing team filtered out of a restaurant in Chicago and onto the street corner. Before the group started a walk back to the hotel, one of sophomore Cassie Navalta’s teammates delivered news that stopped them in their tracks.

Fencing Coach Nikki Franke Helped Blaze Trail For Women At Temple University

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Throughout the month of March for Women’s History Month we’re sharing stories of some amazing women making a difference for all of us in communities across the region. Eyewitness News introduces you to a coach who helped blaze a trail at Temple. “Fencing has...