Women’s Sports Foundation Announces Angela Hucles As New President
New York, NY (January 6, 2015) – The Women’s Sports Foundation (WSF), the leading authority on the participation of women and girls in sports, announced today the appointment of Angela Hucles as the Foundation’s new President. Hucles, whose two-year term went into effect January 1, 2015, and who succeeds Olympic hockey gold medalist Angela Ruggiero, will assume responsibility for providing leadership and visibility for the organization.
Hucles’ successful career as a professional soccer player – she debuted on the U.S. Women’s National Team in 2002 – and her commitment to empowering women and children to live strong, healthy and fulfilled lives made her an obvious choice to lead the nonprofit founded by Billie Jean King in 1974. She will join Chief Executive Officer, Deborah Slaner Larkin, who assumed the role in August 2014, to continue fostering the mission of the Women’s Sports Foundation – to create leaders by ensuring all girls access to sports.
“Throughout the past 40 years, women’s participation in sports has increased. However, it is the Women’s Sports Foundation’s role to continue to educate new generations about Title IX and the impact sports can play in their lifestyles and careers,” said Deborah Slaner Larkin. “WSF is honored to have Angela as President. She is an exceptional athlete and an astute businesswoman whose experience and leadership will expand the Foundation’s efforts to ensure more girls and women reap the benefits of sports participation.”
Hucles will leverage her global experience as an athlete and sports development ambassador. As founder of the Empowerment Through Sports Leadership Series, she will steer current WSF programs to new heights and bring fresh ideas to the table to expand the Foundation’s impact and visibility.
“It is an honor and privilege to become the Women’s Sports Foundation’s President, an organization I have been involved with for more than 12 years,” said Angela Hucles, President of the Women’s Sports Foundation. “Sports have had a profound influence on my life, both on-field and off. In my new role, I hope to inspire girls and women to not only participate in the sports that they are passionate or curious about, but to also be vocal about it so they encourage others to join in and experience the many advantages.”
Angela Hucles, Olympic Gold Medalist, Soccer
Hucles, a two-time Olympian gold medalist and two-time World Cup bronze medalist, is a distinguished individual on and off the field. With a wealth of athletic awards and accolades, Hucles is still the all-time leading scorer at Norfolk Academy with 204 goals; a four year All-American, Mid-Atlantic All-Star and holder of the most game-winning goals (59) at the University of Virginia; and encapsulated a flourishing club, professional and international career. Beyond the field, Hucles is devoted to helping communities and was selected as the US Soccer Foundation’s 2009 Humanitarian of the Year. Now retired, Hucles is an ambassador, advisor and motivational speaker using her athletic experiences to connect with girls and women to empower and enhance their life skills and explore their educational opportunities. In addition to her work with the Women’s Sports Foundation, Hucles is the founder of Empowerment Through Sports Leadership Series to show how sports can develop youth to become leaders in their communities.
About The Women’s Sports Foundation
The Women’s Sports Foundation — the leading authority on the participation of women and girls in sports — is dedicated to creating leaders by ensuring girls access to sports. Founded by Billie Jean King in 1974, our work shapes public attitude about women’s sports and athletes, builds capacities for organizations that get girls active, ensures equal opportunities for girls and women, and supports physically and emotionally healthy lifestyles. The Women’s Sports Foundation has relationships with more than 1,000 of the world’s elite female athletes and is recognized globally for its leadership, vision, expertise and influence. For more information, visit www.WomensSportsFoundation.org. Follow us: www.Facebook.com/WomensSportsFoundation or on Twitter @WomensSportsFdn.
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