Photographs and text from Women of Armstrong display (2007.) From Janet Stone's text: Elizabeth Jean Ford (B. J.) came to Armstrong in 1976 to establish a program in women's athletics as required by Title IX legislation. Mens's athletics offered a broad range of intercollegiate opportunities, within which basketball was always the dominant sport. To add competitive sports for women's athletics meant re-dividing the financial pie and the prospect faced some initial resistance from the male side of the gym. The usual question was "Are there any women interested intercollegiate sports?" The answer was, "If you offer it, they will come!" Under B.J. Ford's tutelage, Lady Pirates promptly appeared on the basketball court and on the softball field. Today, Armstrong offers six competitive sports for women athletes: basketball, softball, tennis, golf, soccer, and volleyball.