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.
Photo: Athletes Unlimited
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.
Photo: Tyler Tjomsland/The Spokesman-Review
We are thrilled to welcome back Julie Foudy and LaChina Robinson as our hosts for this year’s Annual Salute to Women in Sports®!
Julie Foudy – Three-time Olympic Medalist and two-time World Cup Champion, Soccer; Sports Reporter and Analyst; Founding Co-Owner of Angel City FC
LaChina Robinson – Award-winning Basketball Analyst/Host; Voice of “Around the Rim” and “Huuuge Fan” podcasts; Co-Founder of Rising Media Stars nonprofit
Photo: ESPN; Bee Trofort Wilson
Watch highlights from the 2022 Annual Salute to Women in Sports. Presented by WSF National Partners Athleta, ESPN, Delta Air Lines, Gatorade, Michelob ULTRA, NBC Sports, and TIAA along with reception partner DraftKings.
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.
Proceeds from the Annual Salute support WSF research, advocacy and community impact programs dedicated to strengthening and expanding access to sport for all girls and women.
To learn about our sponsorship opportunities, please contact Maria Heskin at MHeskin@WomensSportsFoundation.org.
PLEASE NOTE that donor-advised funds (DAF) cannot be used as payment — either partially or wholly — for any tickets or tables that confer goods and/or benefits with substantial value. However, you may still support our event through a DAF by making a fully‑deductible contribution.
If you cannot join us for the Annual Salute but still wish to support the WSF’s critical advocacy, research and community impact programs, consider a making a donation today. Use the link below and see the impact of your support on keeping girls and women in the game.