Gabriel Richard alum puts faces on Sports Illustrated’s title celebration issue IX

Marguerite Schropp Lucarelli, a 1989 graduate of Gabriel Richard High School in Riverview and current photography editor for Sports Illustrated, holds a copy of the June 2022 issue celebrating the 50th anniversary of Title IX, which gave women and girls equal access to athletics. levels. Lucarelli designed the issue’s cover, which includes photographs of female athletes over the decades, including the daughters of several Gabriel Richard alumni. (Photo courtesy of Marguerite Schropp Lucrarelli)

Magazine turns to Marguerite Schropp Lucarelli (’89) to design the cover of the iconic 50th anniversary issue on women’s sport

VIEW OF THE RIVER – Fifty years ago, the women and girls who are today recognized as pioneers in their respective sports could not have imagined the impact of a little-recognized clause inserted into the 1972 Amendments Act to education.

But Title IX, as it came to be known, forever changed the face of women’s athletics, recognizing the right of women and girls to participate in sports at all levels.

When one of the nation’s most prominent sports periodicals decided to honor the law’s 50th anniversary with its June 2022 edition, it turned to a former student at a local Catholic school to put a face to what the law has meant for women and girls for half a century.

Well, several faces, actually.

Marguerite Schropp Lucarelli, former student of Gabriel Richard Secondary School, designed the stunning June 2022 Sports Illustrated cover celebrating 50 yearse Anniversary of Title IX. Lucarelli is the current image editor for Sports
Illustrated and graduated in 1989 from Gabriel Richard.

To celebrate this momentous anniversary, Lucarelli and his fellow editors wanted the June cover of SI to show the impact of Title IX on the spectrum of women’s sports, Lucarelli said. Detroit Catholic by email.

“I suggested the idea of ​​collecting photos from our audience to create a cover that represents a sample [of] all female athletes,” Lucarelli said.

With that goal in mind, Lucarelli helped design his first crowdsourced SI cover in his 29 years at the magazine.

Lucarelli attributes his success to Sports Illustrated to his Catholic upbringing.

“My success at Sports Illustrated, says Lucarelli, has a lot to do with the sacrifice my parents made in giving me a Catholic school education; Saint Joseph Elementary School, Trenton, Michigan, Gabriel Richard High School, Riverview, Michigan, and Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana.

It was at Notre-Dame that Lucarelli began to exploit his talent as a photographer and first met Sports Illustrated photographers.

Lucarelli said Detroit Catholic without Gabriel Richard’s “incredible college-preparatory education,” she would never have been able to study at Notre Dame and gain various experiences in the practice of sports photography.

The cover of Sports Illustrated's June 2022 issue features 50 years of women's athletics, including the daughters of several Gabriel Richard alumni.

The cover of Sports Illustrated’s June 2022 issue features 50 years of women’s athletics, including the daughters of several Gabriel Richard alumni.

While in college, Lucarelli became the editor of Notre Dame’s student newspaper, The Observer. In 1990, she was assigned to cover three of the college’s football games.

Not knowing how to photograph football matches, Lucarelli said: “I noticed Sports Illustrated on the references of a photographer in the field with me. I thought I would follow him and learn from the best.

Photographer SI noticed this and after discovering Lucarelli’s passion for the subject, encouraged her to apply for an internship.

In the summer of 1992, she worked as an SI photo intern, and in May 1993, Sports Illustrated offered him a job.

For 25 years Lucarelli worked as the NBA image editor of SI, for 15 years as the Illustrated sports for children cinematographer, and for the past six years as SI’s cinematographer. During that time, she’s “ridden the Olympics, Super Bowls, NBA Finals, Stanley Cups, college football championships, Final Fours, and World Cups,” she said.

“Like a Sports Illustrated photo editor, my role is to come up with cover ideas that go well with the story. I assign photographers from around the world who I think will best photograph the idea we want to create, whether it’s an action cover or a portrait, for our cover,” said Lucarelli.

Working alongside the beat editor and creative editor, Lucarelli explained that “every detail, in every frame, is well thought out. We only have one chance to get the right image. Our audience expects perfection!

SI magazine’s June cover achieved that goal, she said, featuring numerous female athletes from all sports to show the impact Title IX has had on women’s sport.

Among the female athletes featured in the June cover and issue were the daughters of several Gabriel Richard graduates.

Featured on the magazine’s cover are Wayne State University pitcher Abigail Dunn and her sister Allison Dunn, who rows for Michigan State University, the daughters of Gabriel Richard graduates Mark and Kim Dunn (’87).

Lili Franzese, shown holding a ribbon she won for horse riding, is also featured on the cover and is the daughter of graduate Rob Franzese (’87).

Lexie Streicher, daughter of graduate Michelle Richards (’87), features in the June issue of SI for her glittering field hockey career at Haverford College.

Lexie Streicher and her mother, Michelle Richards, told the Detroit Catholic that without Title IX, girls would not have the opportunities in the sports they currently play.

Without the Title IX, Kim Dunn said she doesn’t know if her daughter Allison would have ever rowed for Michigan State.

“Rowing has always been a gentleman’s sport. I don’t even remember growing up when there was women’s rowing, so to have that and be able to do that is really amazing,” Dunn said.

Richards and Streicher agreed, adding that Title IX not only allowed women to participate in sports not commonly associated with women’s competition, but also provided opportunities for them to build character. It may inspire other girls to do the same, they said.

“Whenever someone chooses to join a sports team, it impacts not only themselves but also [on] continue to promote the importance of women’s sport,” said Lexie Streicher.

Lucarelli accepted.

“Title IX has given so many female athletes … the opportunity to be leaders, to work as a team, to achieve a common goal, to build confidence and to develop their bodies physically, emotionally and mentally,” she said.

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