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.
WSF recently attended the 2017 NCAA Inclusion Forum where the purpose is to bring together higher education and intercollegiate athletics leaders and student-athletes who are passionate about improving the educational and professional environment for student-athletes, coaches and staff. This year the WSF was honored to take part in a session entitled “Equity on the Sidelines: Examining the X’s and O’s of Developing, Supporting and Advancing Women Coaches in Intercollegiate Athletics” with WSF’s Senior Manager of Advocacy and Programs, Sarah Axelson, taking the stage.
On October 18, 2016, the WSF’s Sports Advocacy Network met for the first time. A collection of university administrators, athletic conference leaders, legal experts and collegiate coaches gathered together to craft an action plan to reverse the decline of female coaches and to work towards the pursuit of gender equity in sports.
Did you know that despite the expansion of opportunities for women since Title IX’s passage, the number of women coaching women’s teams at the collegiate level has declined significantly since? In 1972, more than 90% of the coaches of women’s teams were female. Today, that figure has fallen to only 43%.
“The players were saying to one another, ‘I see you,’ and I know you like family. This notion of ‘family’ is common in men and women’s rugby.” Part two of a series on ‘Connected Coaching’ from Kerrissa Heffernan Ed.D, Assistant Rugby Coach at Brown and Co-Director of Engaged Sport Strategies.
“When the players I coach say, ‘I see you,’ the response from the player on the field is likely to be ‘I got you’, (not I got this, but I got you).” Part one of a series on ‘Connected Coaching’ from Kerrissa Heffernan Ed.D, Assistant Rugby Coach at Brown and Co-Director of Engaged Sport Strategies.
A recent New York Times article by KJ Dellantonia examines the large statistical gap between the number of mother coaches and father coaches in youth recreational sports. Overall estimates for women coaches of youth sports range from four percent all the way up to nearly 10 percent, with the numbers being a little lower for boys’ teams and a little higher — up to 11 percent — for girls’. Whatever your sport – hockey, soccer, baseball, softball — it’s Dad, not Mom, who’s in the dugout, on the sidelines or at the end of the bench.
Have you ever dreamt of channeling your enthusiasm for sport into a career that you feel passionate about? There are more than six million jobs in sport-related careers, a field which was once an exclusively male preserve. We explore five of the most popular.
From building life-long friendships to learning how to cope with success and challenges, there are many ways participating in competitive sports and getting active can be an influential part of our lives.