On Wednesday, February 1, champion athletes and advocates alike convened on Capitol Hill to celebrate the 31st annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day (NGWSD). Since 1987, NGWSD has empowered women and girls to get moving, embrace physical activity and push past their limits. Read on for highlights from the kick off of NGWSD 2017.
It is because of the health, education and leadership benefits of sports that the WSF lead a coalition of organizations to celebrate the first National Girls & Women in Sports Day in 1987. The day was established to honor and recognize women’s sports and the promise sports hold for girls and women everywhere.
Injury prevention is key for any athlete to keep themselves in the game and at their best. A knee injury, however, can be especially devastating to an athlete’s career. There is a challenge in pinpointing exactly what makes a female athlete more vulnerable to ACL injuries compared to their male counterparts so we turned to WSF’s research study, “Her Life Depends On It III” to investigate further.
A proclaimed adrenaline junkie, Shea Holbrook began racing cars as a teenager. Shea recently took a detour from the asphalt to the Bonneville Salt Flats as a pace driver to help set a land speed bicycle record; WSF caught up with Shea to talk about her experience in Bonneville and more.
Today we hosted the 2016 Athlete Leadership Connection where 80 athletes came together to learn practical experiences and skills to advance in their athletic careers and when transitioning from their playing careers to their next professional challenge.
After 12 days of non-stop action, the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games have officially come to a close. Team USA finished having completed its most successful performance at the Games in recent history and our Team WSF athletes made terrific contributions to that success. See how our Team WSF athletes did in Rio.
At 18 years of age, I was at the Opening Ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, as the only Indian to represent our country in the sport of table tennis. The four months leading up to the Games were full of hard work, excitement, sudden media attention and the knowledge of the expectations of an entire nation.
As a female athlete from India, where girls are not really encouraged to play sport, I had always dreamt of working in the space of ensuring all girls access to sports. Thus, I knew how I wanted to spend my summer with the Women’s Sports Foundation in 2016.
Making her first Paralympic appearance in the Rio Games, Marybai Huking will also be the youngest member of the U.S. Goalball Team. We caught up with Marybai to discuss being a 2016 recipient of the Travel & Training Fund and all the excitement that comes with being a first-time Paralympian.
At the age of 11, Amy Cozad decided she wanted to give diving a try over swimming and quickly the dream took hold to one day compete for Team USA. Now at the age of 25, she is making her dream a reality competing in the women’s synchronized 10-meter diving event at the Rio 2016…