Ever since Carolyn Peck gave Dawn Staley a segment of her 1999 Championship net a few years ago, Staley has been carrying the net in her wallet as a reminder. “I’ve had it in my wallet for years,” recalled Staley. “[Carolyn] said, ‘When you win your national championship, just return it.” And, return it she will.
During Black History Month, the WSF is proud to celebrate and honor all the incredible African-American women making waves on and off the field of play. One phenomenal woman we would like to highlight is two-time Olympic gold medalist and 2016 WSF Sportswoman of the Year, Claressa Shields. Hear her original poem she recited at the WSF Annual Salute to Women in Sports awards gala and what it was like for her to make history in Rio.
Throughout the month of February the United States comes together to celebrate and pay tribute to generations of black history. It is also an opportunity to reflect on the changes that diversity brings to sports. Join us this month as we highlight phenomenal African-American women and their incredible accomplishments in sports across our social media platforms and here on the S.H.E. Network.
There has been a steady increase in the participation of American women at the Olympics since the passage of Title IX and this summer we watched as hundreds of girls who benefited from this law made history.
This March as we celebrate Women’s History Month we would like to celebrate our history at the Women’s Sports Foundation and the incredible and powerful women who have served as our President’s and guided us. We caught up with Wendy Hilliard who served as President of the Women’s Sports Foundation from 1995-1996 and continues to be an integral part of the WSF family.
The month of February is a time to pay tribute to and celebrate black history. For the Women’s Sports Foundation, we would like to honor the incredible African-American women who have paved the way for future generations. Throughout the month of February, the Foundation featured Tweets to celebrate these women and their phenomenal accomplishments in sport history.
Douglasville, Georgia, native Elana Meyers began the sport of bobsled in 2007, making the national team her rookie season. In 2008, she won her first World Cup medal, a bronze with driver Shauna Rohbock. She followed the performance with a gold medal at the inaugural World Cup in Whistler, Canada. At the 2009 World Championships, Elana pushed with driver Shauna Rohbock to win silver, and won the 2010 Olympic bronze medal with pilot Erin Pac in Vancouver. We caught up with Elana last month at the 34th Annual Salute to learn more about her life off the track.