This year marked the 30th annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day, so we decided to speak with one of sports all-time greats, Jackie Joyner Kersee, about her NGWSD memories. At just 25, Jackie attended the very first NGWSD in 1987 and has been present at many since.
This year marks the 30th annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day. Lyn St. James, a seven-time Indianapolis 500 driver and former WSF President, shares the memories she holds dear from the very first NGWSD and why she feels it is an important day for our nation to celebrate.
As the CEO of Netball Northern Zone in New Zealand, Julie Paterson’s responsibilities are numerous. We sat down with Julie to discuss the issues facing women in sports in New Zealand and how she came to join us in New York City, as she concludes her first week at the Women’s Sports Foundation through the Global Sports Mentoring Program.
We believe that every human being deserves the right to play, regardless of gender, race, ability or sexual orientation. When Caitlyn Jenner, former Olympic icon and gold medalist at the 1976 Montreal Games in the men’s decathlon, announced that she would be transitioning to a woman it sparked a worldwide conversation about the transgender community and transgender athletes.
For the last 40 years, we have heralded the incredible changes Title IX has been the catalyst for in sports. But what many people may not know is that Title IX also applies to the handling of sexual assault cases on college campuses, and a rash of recent federal investigations has brought the law and its applications into the media spotlight.
The ability to overcome adversity is a key attribute any athlete must possess to reach their highest potential. This could not be truer for speedskater Bridie Farrell, a 31-year-old short track racer who came forward in March of this year with sexual abuse allegations against her former coach and Olympic silver medalist Andy Gabel. Immediately following the long-hidden admission, Farrell announced that she would once again make a run for the U.S. Olympic Team, an achievement that has eluded her in three previous attempts.
Today, Rutgers University fired head men’s basketball coach Mike Rice, a day after a video surfaced showing him berating his players during practices, throwing balls at them, kicking them and taunting them with homophobic slurs. ESPN aired the footage on Tuesday night during its “Outside the Lines” program. The video, revealed by former director of player development, Eric Murdock, is from Rutgers practices from 2010 to 2012 and shows Rice’s conduct at practices. The video immediately went viral, putting scrutiny on the university and prompting Rutgers to fire Rice.