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About It Takes A Team!

About It Takes a Team!
The Women’s Sports Foundation is committed to creating an athletic environment that is respectful and safe for all people and eliminating barriers to all girls being active and healthy. It Takes A Team! Education Campaign for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Issues in Sport is an education project focused on eliminating homophobia as a barrier to all women and men participating in sport. Our primary goals are to develop and disseminate practical educational information and resources to athletic administrators, coaches, parents and athletes at the high school and college levels to make sport safe and welcoming for all.

The Project to Eliminate Homophobia in Sport, It Takes a Team! began in 1996 with the fundraising efforts of tennis legend Martina Navratilova and the collaboration of the Women’s Sports Foundation, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the Gay and Lesbian Education Network, the Ms. Foundation, Uncommon Legacy and ASTRAEA. Under the leadership of Lisa Dawn Thompson, the project developed a comprehensive educational kit which was first released in 2002. Pat Griffin served as the director of It Takes a Team! from 2005 through 2009. Currently, It Takes a Team is part of the Women’s Sports Foundation’s advocacy department which is continuing the project’s commitment developing and disseminating high quality educational materials and promoting sports equity for all.

The Educational Kit
The It Takes A Team educational DVD kit includes a 15-minute video, discussion and action guides, “Safe Space” stickers, posters and a list of resources addressing LGBT issues in sport. The kit establishes five basic rights of all athletes and coaches:

  • safety from physical and verbal harassment or violence
  • fair treatment in all aspects of programming
  • equal access to all aspects of programming
  • support for developing positive self-esteem and acceptance of others
  • education about social diversity, prejudice and discrimination

The benefits of bringing this program into your community are invaluable. We hope that through this kit, you will be able to help erase the myths and stereotypes associated with LGBT athletes and foster a positive environment for all athletes.