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Sportswoman of the Year

35th Annual Salute To Women In Sports - Reception

Each year, we honor two Sportswomen whose performances in the past year have been exceptional. It is our recognition of the best of the best.

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Wilma Rudolph Courage Award

American Wilma Rudolph on the award podium with Dorothy Hyman and G. Leone after winning the gold medal in the 200 meter sprint at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome, Italy. (Photo by: Hulton Deutch/Getty Images)

Given to a female athlete who exhibits extraordinary courage in her athletic performance, demonstrates the ability to overcome adversity, makes significant contributions to sports and serves as an inspiration and role model to those who face challenges, overcomes them and strives for success at all levels.

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Billie Jean King Contribution Award

Tennis player Billie Jean King speaks onstage during the 30th Annual Salute To Women In Sports Awards at The Waldorf=Astoria on October 13, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for WSF)

Presented to an individual or group who has made significant contributions to the advancement of women’s sports and to the WSF specifically.

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International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame

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Our Hall of Fame recognizes the athletic achievements of the best in the business. Selections are made worldwide and are based on achievements, breakthroughs, innovative style and ongoing commitment to the development of women’s sports.

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Yolanda L. Jackson Give Back Award

2011 Giveback Award winner Heather O'Reilly celebrates the USA's first goal with teammates during the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011 Group C match between USA and Colombia at the Fifa Womens World Cup Stadium on July 2, 2011 in Sinsheim, Germany.

Named for the former WSF Senior Director of Athlete Marketing, this award is given to an athlete who exemplifies what it means to be a role model and who knows the importance of giving back.

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ANNIKA Inspiration Award

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16:  Professional golfer Annika Sorenstam (R) poses with tennis player Vivian Hao with the Annika Inspiration Award during the 34th annual Salute to Women In Sports Awards at Cipriani, Wall Street on October 16, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for the Women's Sports Foundation)

From 2009 - 2013 and in partnership with Annika Sorenstam's ANNIKA Foundation, we honored a girl who demonstrated athleticism, dedication, leadership and the ability to inspire others.

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Darlene A. Kluka Award


Named for Dr. Darlene A. Kluka, full professor and Interim Dean in the School of Human Performance & Leisure Sciences at Barry University, the award was established in 2001 as our way of respecting her leadership, vision and desire to create a legacy that acknowledges the outstanding performance of researchers.

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Flo Hyman Memorial Award

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From 1987 to 2004, the Flo Hyman Memorial Award was presented by the Women’s Sports Foundation during the month of February in Washington, D.C., in conjunction with National Girls and Women in Sports Day to an outstanding female athlete, who exemplified Flo Hyman’s dignity, spirit, and commitment to excellence.

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