On Oct. 18, 2017, Cipriani Wall Street in New York City was packed with supporters for the 38th Annual Salute to Women in Sports, while hundreds more tuned in to our first ever live stream of the event. The room was brimming with energy as we joined together to celebrate the most accomplished women in sports and the girls they inspire.
Last night, the Women’s Sports Foundation and WSF Founder Billie Jean King kicked off the 45th Anniversary of Title IX with a celebration at the New-York Historical Society. Our featured speakers included pioneer Billie Jean King, WSF CEO Deborah Antoine, WSF President Grete Eliassen, ESPN SportsCenter Coast to Coast co-anchor Cari Champion and WNBA President Lisa Borders.
This evening we watched as nearly 70 Olympic, Paralympic, champion and elite athletes graced the stage for the 37th Annual Salute to Women in Sports at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. Find out who took home our top four awards of the night and learn more about our program Sports 4 Life to which all donations from the evening were directed.
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.
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 women who have served as our Presidents. We spoke with former WSF President Angela Ruggiero to ask her how she translates her skills on the ice to the business world, why it’s important to her that all girls have access to sports and more.
Women’s Sports Foundation Founder Billie Jean King has announced her new initiative, the Billie Jean King Leadership Institute (BJKLI), launching today with a symposium and gala at the Museum of Natural History in New York City. The diversity and leadership not-for-profit organization was created to address the critical issues required to achieve inclusive leadership that will lead to significant changes in how women and men operate in the world.
Today WSF Founder and civil rights pioneer Billie Jean King turns 70. Born in 1943 in Long Beach, Calif., to parents Willard and Betty Moffitt, no one could have known what impact the energetic and gifted girl would have on the world. From first picking up a racket at 11 to playing in her first Wimbledon at 17 to closing her career with 23 Grand Slam titles, Billie Jean harnessed her talent and leadership on the tennis court to ignite a huge cultural shift between genders—one that still reverberates around the world for both women and men today.
Last week, we celebrated WSF Founder and civil rights pioneer Billie Jean King’s 70th birthday with an intimate event for WSF donors and Family at New York City’s Museum of Art and Design and its restaurant, Robert.
40 years ago today WSF Founder Billie Jean King stared down Bobby Riggs from across the court in the Houston Astrodome. As millions of people watched from all around the world, King defeated Riggs in straight sets.
In the 1970 Italian Open, WSF Founder Billie Jean King was the women’s singles champion; she received $600 in prize money. That may be considered a generous amount in 1970, but the men’s singles champion Ilie Nastase received $3,500–almost six times the amount of prize money King earned. Fair? We think not. Before the days…