The Women’s Sports Foundation’s Annual Salute to Women in Sports® convenes hundreds to celebrate milestone year and girls and women in sports.
Claressa Shields is determined to go the distance and continues to show her opponents she is a qualified contender by clinching 14 wins (two by knockout) and zero losses since going pro. The past year, she showcased her prowess by participating in some of the most significant fights in women’s boxing history, including her bout against Savannah Marshall in October 2022, which sold out the O2 Arena in London and drew 2 million viewers on Sky TV, and her one-sided fight in June 2023 against Maricela Cornejo at the Little Ceasar’s Arena in Detroit, Mich. Both were won by unanimous decision.
From buzzer beaters to epic free throws and assists, Natalie Schneider has been captivating audiences on the court for 15 years. Winning three Paralympic medals, seven National Championships and landing on the podium at two Parapan American Games, she has shown the world what is possible when you continue to fine-tune your athletic-skills and remain determined to stay at the top of your sport.
Chief Executive, Professional Tennis, United States Tennis Association. For over 30 years, she’s been a passionate and dogged advocate for gender equality in tennis – from the
$1 billion she generated for female players as chairman and CEO of the Women’s Tennis Association, to her brilliant leadership as the first woman tournament director of the US Open in its 140-year history.
Co-Founders of Athletes Unlimited, an innovative new model of pro sports, launched in 2020, that places power in the hands of athletes. Their efforts to push for changes and build out opportunities for more women’s sports sponsorships and media coverage have been transformative in the movement for more representation, equity and inclusion in sports and beyond.
Long-distance runner at the University of Washington, member of the Cowlitz tribe, descendent of the Muckleshoot tribe, and advocate for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW). Throughout her accomplished athletic journey, she has broken down barriers for Indigenous girls, and raised awareness about violence against Indigenous women by dedicating her races to MMIW and running with a symbolic red handprint on her face.
WSF’s 2023 Annual Salute to Women in Sports celebrates athletes, coaches and leaders and the girls they inspire!
We are delighted to hold this year’s event at the iconic Cipriani Wall Street® in New York City.
Thursday, October 12, 2023, 6:00 PM cocktails followed by seated dinner.
1973 — fifty years ago — was a momentous year in Billie Jean King’s fight for gender equity in sports: the US Open became the first sporting event in history to offer equal prize money to both men and women competitors; the Women’s Tennis Association was created; and, that September, Billie Jean beat Bobby Riggs in the iconic “Battle of the Sexes.”
Join the Women’s Sports Foundation as we mark these milestones in our founder’s remarkable career and celebrate the sports leaders and superstar athletes — from icons to next-gen — who are fueling the movement for gender equity in sports and inspiring girls everywhere.
Because of the tremendous support of our community, the Annual Salute to Women in Sports is sold out.
The Women’s Sports Foundation is grateful for all the interest we have received leading up to this year’s Salute. If you are not able to join us this year, we hope you will use the link below to make a gift in support of WSF’s ongoing movement towards gender equity in sports. Thank you!
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