Each year, we ask a group of athletes to take part in a structured level of involvement with the Foundation through our Athlete Advisory Panel. Those selected have demonstrated support for the Foundation’s mission and the desire to do whatever they can to help young girls and their fellow female athletes. We are proud to welcome three new members: Meryl Davis, Sasha DiGiulian and Elana Meyers Taylor.
41 years ago today in San Mateo, California, our visionary founder Billie Jean King signed the papers that made us officially the Women’s Sports Foundation. Since that fateful May day in 1974, we’ve been the passionate guardians of Title IX, we’ve given millions of dollars in grants to athletes of every level, we’ve lobbied on Capitol Hill for equal opportunities in sports for girls and women and we’ve celebrated the inspiring accomplishments of incredible champions at our Annual Salute.
The Women’s Sports Foundation is thrilled to announce today the appointment of Sarah Hughes to its Athlete Advisory Panel. Sarah, who won figure skating gold in Salt Lake City in 2002, joins Co-Chairs and fellow Olympians Angela Hucles, current WSF President (soccer), and Angela Ruggiero, WSF Past President (ice hockey) on the Panel. “I am thrilled to join the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Athlete Advisory Panel,” Sarah said. “I am looking forward to continuing to spread the word about the Foundation and all of its good work in this new capacity.”
VIDEO: WSF Friend Michelle Kwan & WSF Board of Trustees member Alana Nichols join CBS’ “We Need To Talk” to discuss their careers, the importance of the Women’s Sports Foundation, and much more with co-hosts Amy Trask and WSF Past President Laila Ali.
Deborah Slaner Larkin took office as WSF CEO on August 1, 2014. No stranger to the Foundation, Deborah served as our second executive director from 1986 – 1992 and “returns home” to guide our efforts as we move into our fourth-decade of work dedicated to bettering the lives of girls and women through sports and physical activity. We sat down with Deborah to talk about how things have changed since she last led the Foundation, what playing sports has taught her and her dream dinner party guests.
As our 40th anniversary celebration continues, we kicked off our third #WSFCELEBRATES40 Twitter Party on Wednesday, July 30. Featuring WSF’s Past Presidents Donna de Varona, Lyn St. James, Angela Ruggiero, Jessica Mendoza, Aimee Mullins, Nancy Hogshead-Makar, Wendy Hilliard, Carol Mann and Julie Foudy, we discussed their experiences as WSF leaders and what they have been up to since their presidency. A special thanks to our Past Presidents and a shout out to those of you who joined us! Stay tuned and join us for our fourth Twitter Party next month. In the meantime, check out some of the best tweets from this month’s party.
As part of our #WSFCELEBRATES40 celebration, we are hosting a monthly series of Twitter Parties centered around the topics and issues most important to us and the girls and women we serve. Our first Twitter Party, held on the Foundation’s 40th birthday, featured dozens of champion athletes discussing 40 years of the Women’s Sports Foundation…and…
As part of our #WSFCELEBRATES40 celebration, we are hosting a series of monthly Twitter Parties centered around the topics and issues most important to us and the girls and women we serve. Our first Twitter Party, held on the Foundation’s 40th birthday, featured dozens of champion athletes discussing 40 years of the Women’s Sports Foundation…and 40 more. The second Party, held last Friday, June 20, focused on the current state of girls’ and women’s health. Joining the conversation to provide expert opinion and advice were former WSF President Dominique Dawes, current WSF Board of Trustees member Grete Eliassen, WSF Friends Shannon Miller and Professor Cheryl Cooky, the President’s Council and Girls Inc. Keep reading for some of the best tweets from the hour-long discussion.
In honor of our 40th Anniversary year celebration, we are proud to share the reflections and photos of FORTY PEOPLE in our family that serve as a snapshot of our four-decades of progress-making dedication to girls and women in sports:
Mallory Weggemann won swimming gold at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London in the 50-meter freestyle. In 2011, we awarded Mallory a grant from our Travel & Training Fund and are proud to consider this inspirational athlete a member of our WSF Family. Mallory originally wrote the following post for her blog, “Everything Happens for a Reason,” and has graciously allowed us to repost it here. Keep reading to learn more about why the Women’s Sports Foundation is important to Mallory: