The Women’s Sports Foundation recently hosted a Candid Conversation for female student-athletes at Georgetown University featuring Olympic gold medalist rower Esther Lofgren. Candid Conversations is a national program that matches WSF champion athletes with collegiate athletic programs to inspire, educate and provide practical counsel and professional opportunities to female student-athletes.
Being a professional athlete is not without its challenges, particularly as a woman. Recently, Nicola Butler and her fellow female wakeboarders felt discriminated against based on their gender. Instead of getting angry, Nicola directed her energy into something positive creating “For The Girls,” a powerful film with a message for the next generation of female wakeboarders.
Physical activity is a crucial component to maintaining good health. It has long been proven that regular activity increases stamina, improves the way our bodies function and maintains a happy and healthy mind. So, what can sitting too much and not enough movement add up to?
Before Title IX, only one in 27 girls played sports. Today, that number is two in five. Girls want to play too. This Women’s History Month, join us in celebrating the incredible achievements of women in sport since the passing of Title IX in 1972, as we honor them across our social platforms and here on the S.H.E. Network.
During Black History Month, the WSF is proud to celebrate and honor all the incredible African-American women making waves on and off the field of play. One phenomenal woman we would like to highlight is two-time Olympic gold medalist and 2016 WSF Sportswoman of the Year, Claressa Shields. Hear her original poem she recited at the WSF Annual Salute to Women in Sports awards gala and what it was like for her to make history in Rio.
Throughout the month of February the United States comes together to celebrate and pay tribute to generations of black history. It is also an opportunity to reflect on the changes that diversity brings to sports. Join us this month as we highlight phenomenal African-American women and their incredible accomplishments in sports across our social media platforms and here on the S.H.E. Network.
With over 40 years of experience in the non-profit sector, Dr. Deborah Antoine joined the Women’s Sports Foundation as our new CEO on January 3, 2017. We sat down with Deborah to discuss her career with non-profits, her passion for sports and her commitment to gender equality.
It is because of the health, education and leadership benefits of sports that the WSF lead a coalition of organizations to celebrate the first National Girls & Women in Sports Day in 1987. The day was established to honor and recognize women’s sports and the promise sports hold for girls and women everywhere.
The holidays have come and gone and with a new year brings New Year’s resolutions. Time to sit down and think about the year ahead and all that you want to accomplish. Find out about setting manageable goals to get active and stay healthy in 2017.
Meghan O’Leary and her partner Ellen Tomek compete in the women’s double sculls and first became acquainted with the WSF when they received a Travel & Training grant in 2015. We caught up with Meghan for an exclusive interview to discuss how she picked up rowing post-college and took it all the way to the Rio Olympics.