Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017 marked the start of year two for the WSF’s Sports Advocacy Network. The WSF created SAN in 2016 to build on our research, Beyond X’s & O’S: Gender Bias and Coaches of Women’s College Sports, the most comprehensive evidence-based research report on the reality of the male and female coach experience as coaches of women’s teams.
WSF recently attended the 2017 NCAA Inclusion Forum where the purpose is to bring together higher education and intercollegiate athletics leaders and student-athletes who are passionate about improving the educational and professional environment for student-athletes, coaches and staff. This year the WSF was honored to take part in a session entitled “Equity on the Sidelines: Examining the X’s and O’s of Developing, Supporting and Advancing Women Coaches in Intercollegiate Athletics” with WSF’s Senior Manager of Advocacy and Programs, Sarah Axelson, taking the stage.
Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the LGBT Sport Summit in Portland, Ore. hosted by Nike and the LGBT Sports Coalition (of which, WSF is a member). The summit brought together LGBT Sports Coalition members, student-athletes, and leaders in the field. The energy was palpable; you could tell all in attendance were eager to do the work necessary to end anti-LGBT bias in sport.
On January 6, 2015, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced that it would begin offering travel grants to the families of student-athletes competing in next week’s college football championship game and those competing this spring in the men’s and women’s Final Four basketball tournaments.
On Friday, August 22, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that requires schools to publicly post the number of boys and girls playing sports, as well as the number of teams, onto their website.
One year after Duke University Women’s Alumni Associations and WSF Senior Director of Advocacy, Nancy Hogshead-Makar, began a concerted effort to advocate for Title IX compliance at the University, Duke Athletics announced plans to add a women’s varsity softball team with 12 fully funded scholarships