It was hard to look anywhere in the media in 2015 and not see the powerful and talented Serena Williams. Her exemplary career in a sport where so few African Americans compete makes her an important role model and inspiration for thousands of young girls and boys who hope to one day fill her shoes. The WSF is committed to increasing access to all sports for all girls and women regardless of gender, race, ethnicity or ability
Meet i-tri, one of 22 grantee organizations who were selected to receive our Sports 4 Life grant, and hear from program leaders, parents and girls on how sport is making a difference in their lives. Sports 4 Life is a national effort to increase the participation and retention of African-American and Hispanic girls, ages 11-18, in developmental youth sports programs.
This year marked the 30th annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day, so we decided to speak with one of sports all-time greats, Jackie Joyner Kersee, about her NGWSD memories. At just 25, Jackie attended the very first NGWSD in 1987 and has been present at many since.
This year marks the 30th annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day. Lyn St. James, a seven-time Indianapolis 500 driver and former WSF President, shares the memories she holds dear from the very first NGWSD and why she feels it is an important day for our nation to celebrate.
We all know sports are good for our bodies and help us learn important life lessons, but do we know about the impact of sports participation on decreasing the risk of teen substance abuse? There are many aspects to substance abuse and the areas we will focus on here are smoking, smokeless tobacco and illicit drug use using our research report ‘Her Life Depends On It III’.
On Wednesday, Abby Wambach played her final game with the United States Women’s National Team. We chatted with Abby and asked her some of her favorites, where her inspiration comes from, what she plans to do following her stellar career and more.
This year’s Athlete FaceOff is underway. Most recently, the WSF awarded 32 athletes and teams Travel & Training Fund grants with support from Gatorade and last year’s #WSFFaceOff donors. Champion athletes Brenda Villa, Lyn-z Adams Hawkins Pastrana and Jamie Whitmore weigh in on what the Travel & Training Fund means to them.
WSF Trustee Richard Lapchick authors the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports annual’s Racial and Gender Report Card, which commends the WNBA on being the leading professional sports league in regards to diverse racial and gender hiring.
Netball is the most popular sport for women in New Zealand with the highest participation rate and public interest. However, despite the sport’s success – scarcity of funding is still an issue for many teams in the area.
As the CEO of Netball Northern Zone in New Zealand, Julie Paterson’s responsibilities are numerous. We sat down with Julie to discuss the issues facing women in sports in New Zealand and how she came to join us in New York City, as she concludes her first week at the Women’s Sports Foundation through the Global Sports Mentoring Program.