A conference June 15 and 16 will focus on Utah girls and women in athletics.

The event, first of its kind in the state, will be in the Marriott Hotel, West Temple and First South. It is being sponsored by Mountain West Educational Equity Center, Utah Network for Girls and Women in Sports and the State Office of Education.Topics will include professional advancement in women's athletics, establishing high school softball and soccer teams for girls, financing women's athletics, media coverage and legal issues involved in compliance with Title 9, which mandates equal opportunity.

Meetings are designed for school district and local school administrators, athletic directors, men and women coaches, physical education instructors and women and girl athletes, along with their parents, said Mary Petersen, sex equity specialist in the state office.