Today we hosted the third annual Athlete Leadership Connection conference at Morgan Stanley’s headquarters in New York City. It was a full day of speakers, panels, breakout sessions and networking with 90 champion and college athletes.
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.
The Women’s Sports Foundation recently hosted a Candid Conversation for female student-athletes at Georgetown University featuring Olympic gold medalist rower Esther Lofgren. Candid Conversations is a national program that matches WSF champion athletes with collegiate athletic programs to inspire, educate and provide practical counsel and professional opportunities to female student-athletes.
Before Title IX, only one in 27 girls played sports. Today, that number is two in five. Girls want to play too. This Women’s History Month, join us in celebrating the incredible achievements of women in sport since the passing of Title IX in 1972, as we honor them across our social platforms and here on the S.H.E. Network.
In March, WSF will travel to the NCAA® Women’s Final Four® and host a special panel discussion at the WBCA Convention, the preeminent gathering of coaches, administrators and leaders in the women’s basketball community. Join us…
WSF would like to congratulate Stanford Women’s Basketball Head Coach Tara VanDerveer on her 1000th career win. This makes VanDerveer just the second women’s NCAA Division I coach to reach the impressive milestone. Now more than ever we can recognize the importance of having women serve as coaches, and therefore positive role models, for young women; yet, recent findings confirm systemic gender bias in coaching across women’s college sports. How do we get more women like VanDerveer in a position to lead and educate our youth?
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.
Women’s sports want your support. Since the implementation of Title IX in 1972, female participation in athletics has grown from one in 27 to now two in five, yet women’s sports are less than 2% of sport stories in the media. Together we can change that and it starts by getting in the stands.
Your collegiate athletic career is over. Your identity is no longer synonymous with your sport. New coworkers, roommates and passersby alike ask you what it must have been like to play collegiate ball. And while we all had diverse and unique experiences as athletes in college, what we all have in common is a structured youth. But now you don’t have that.